YOUNGSTOWN — The work of local artist Gary Taneri will be shown from Wednesday (March 11) to April 8 at the Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery in the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.
The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
“Efficiency” will include about nine mixed media paintings. Taneri used acrylic and oil paint on canvas.
“They are done from old family photographs that should recall a memory, but the details of the memory are not all there and are not always clear or complete,” Taneri said in a news release.
In creating the paintings, Taneri intentionally left out the details and used the minimum amount of marks needed to convey the image. The paintings are created using techniques of drawing as accurately as possible, then painting in and around the drawing and then drawing on top of the painting. Color fields emerge and are drawn on top of, grids are redrawn, and drawing marks are placed using the grid as a guide. The palette is mostly bright colors alternating between warm and cool.
“I would be happy if people viewing the show have an experience that includes an emotional response, which leads to recognition of their own memories,” he said.
Taneri has been an artist all his life. He attended The Ohio State University as a fine art major then switched to architecture. He then obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Youngstown State University. In 2011, he obtained a master of fine arts degree in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and in 2015 he attended a six-week painting intensive at Columbia University in New York City. Taneri lives in downtown Youngstown and paints at the Ward Bakery building.