Painting the Picture- excerpt
R. B. Strauss
June 15 2001
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Vincent Romaniello offers a pair of paintings, "Silvery Sky" and "Girl in Landscape."
Both are oil on canvas; both embrace abstract motives--and then rout them.
"Silvery Sky" is a pale work that features a series of finely rendered vertical lines which
suggest a curtain. Indeed, both works are luminous yet defined as if a scrim
hangs before them--or perhaps a caul. The airiness here is apparent even from a distance.
Yet these are substantial achievements that flow like ectoplasm.
Though they boast separate titles, one definitely gleans a sense that--in keeping with the
totality of the whole exhibition--these are but two works in a greater sequence. Bits
of color suspended in solution, balls of coruscating lighting, atmospheres of an alien world
and the cosmos itself, these are all found within this work, dense yet subtle with light
and shade. Though no shadows are present, the brightness here comes in surprised
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