Vision-Re-Vision: Daniel M. Granitto
08/20/2020 - 08/30/2020
Private Preview: Thursday, August 20, 5 - 7 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, August 21, 6 - 10 PM
During the past several years, I’ve become aware of a recurring habit in my creative practice: A tendency to create multiple iterations of the same subject and composition wherein each subsequent version is somehow altered in terms of atmosphere, mood, light, etc. While this impulse has been present in the work for years, it is only recently that I have decided to give it more space and credence.
As I have sought to gain an understanding of this repetitive impulse, these questions have been central in my mind. Hopefully they will help frame this body of work for you as well.
What is reality? Is it singular? What does it look like? What does it feel like? How is it manifested in images?
I make paintings and drawings based on photos that I take as I move through daily life. My approach to subject matter is born out of a practiced disposition of receptivity. That is to say, I pass through the days with my hands open, expectant and ready to receive the gift. The gift is a moment, an event transpiring in real time and space with particular light and air. I have found no formula to predict what factors create these moments. They are unique and surprising. Alert, I wait for these moments. I wait for my seeing to become vision.
Having a direct and personal relationship with the subject is essential for me, which is why I work exclusively from my own photos. However, much of the contextual information that makes any moment so striking is often lost when translated to photograph. For this reason, when painting from these printed photographs, I intentionally set up certain habits and interventions that force me to engage with my memory and imagination instead of relying totally on the photo for visual information.
Through my works, I seek to offer an intimate gaze at the uncanny moments of life, when the veil of the ordinary is lifted to reveal the awful (awe-full) reality of being.
Daniel M. Granitto returned to his hometown of Lakewood, Colorado in 2016 after living and working in Chicago, Illinois for six years where he received his BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Granitto’s works have been exhibited in galleries and museums spanning the western United States. Daniel currently works out of his home studio in Lakewood where he lives with his wife and two kids.