San Francisco, CA
At a time when ideas stripped of material form have become a normative mode of art making, Jerry Carniglia gives us bold abstract paintings that argue for the validity of actual, lived experience. His art fuses deep physical engagement with the belief that nature can be used as a metaphor to describe our desire to transform the reality we inherit into an idealized world – one we might actually create and inhabit if we had the power. His impulse, initially inspired by European Expressionism, is essentially romantic, and the results are paintings that are, if nothing else, emotive.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.