Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CANAN TOLON | Feature in Sarkis Magazine

VON LINTEL - Rosemarie Fiore | Video by ODelle Abney

Rosemarie Fiore Displays a Certain Flare | Arte Fuse

 Rosemarie Fiore Displays a Certain Flare 
By Oscar Laluyan

Welcome to Von Lintel Gallery for Rosemarie Fiore Opening Reception

Explosive Art at Von Lintel Gallery
In 7th century China, fireworks were invented and have been painting the night sky to add that extra flair to festivities with rockets, falling stars and of course, flares. Now we fast forward to 2013, Rosemarie Fiore has devised a way to use the colorful smoke from fireworks into her paintings. AF attended the pyrotechnical color world of Smoke Paintings at Von Lintel Gallery last September 12th.

Smoke Painting #35 (2013) by Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #35 (2013) by Rosemarie Fiore

Explosive would be one word to describe the visual impact of Fiore’s work but of course it is appropriate considering that the nebular smoky spheres and plume-like streaks were created by exploding fireworks. Making a custom roller mechanism in a box, Fiore has innovated a method to have total control as the fireworks burn and each gem-like smoke pattern is like a brush stroke. There is an element of random results from the deployed fireworks but a pulled together composition grounds it. The effect is striking and expressive of movement. The haze like forms anchor the color saturated orbs cut out and adding dimension to the surface. 

(L-R) Amy Sande-Friedman of Von Lintel Gallery with artist Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Paintings by Rosemarie Fiore at Von Lintel Gallery
Seeing a fireworks display burst into the inky dark sky is captivating and beautiful. It elicits “oohs” and “aahs” from the spellbound spectators. Fiore manages to make an interpretation of that same reaction with these paintings.  Instead of the luxury of a night ky, she did them on paper. Did she have fun creating her new work? I would think so. The exuberance of the color palette and the rhythmic forms illustrated that risky yet fun mood in what she produced for her show. The process may have been explosive but the end result is a real smile maker. It dances and plays with reckless abandon. It is not dour or born of angst. I just don’t see that. Her smoke paintings uplifts you even for a brief moment in the same way a rocket flare would in its short lived ephemeral beauty.
Smoke Painting #31 (2013) by Rosemarie Fiore
These red boots are made for walking – Rosemarie Fiore at her opening reception at Von Lintel Gallery

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ROSEMARIE FIORE | SMOKE PAINTINGS - Opening Reception Thurs. Sept 12, 6—8 PM

Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #35, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
70 1/4 x 59 1/4 inches (178.4 x 150.5 cm)

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of smoke paintings by Rosemarie Fiore.

Fiore uses the brightly colored smoke of live fireworks to create vibrant and bold abstract compositions. In this new body of work, Fiore introduces the use of rolling devices of her own creation to distribute the tinted smoke onto heavy paper. As the fireworks burn inside these machines, Fiore manipulates their movement, creating expressive and gestural compositions of gem-toned streaks and clouds. She sees the devices as paintbrushes that allow her to blend colors and move the burning smoke bombs across the surface of the work. The second step of her process involves cutting and tearing the color-saturated paper into circles, arching bands, and radiating lines to create richly sculptural surfaces. Infused with a spirit of experimentation, Fiore's technique is exciting and innovative, while the beauty of the work is derived from the powerful gestural forms and arresting visual complexity of her compositions. Balancing chance and choice, Fiore's dramatic paintings emerge like magic from a cloud of smoke.

Fiore has shown extensively in the United States over the past two decades, and, in 2013-14, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will exhibit her smoke paintings in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. Her work has been discussed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, The Village Voice, and New York Magazine. Fiore lives and works in New York City.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

ROSEMARIE FIORE | Selected Works

Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #27, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
33 3/4 x 30 1/4 inches (85.7 x 76.8 cm)
Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #31, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
48 7/8 x 41 inches (123.5 x 104.1 cm)
Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #32, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
37 3/4 x 41 ¾ inches (123.5 x 104.1 cm)
Smoke Painting #33, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
29 1/2 x 33 1/8 inches (74.9 x 84.1 cm)
Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #34, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
59 x 70 3/4 inches (149.9 x 179.7 cm)
Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #35, 2013
color smoke firework residue on paper
70 1/4 x 59 1/4 inches (178.4 x 150.5 cm)

Rosemarie Fiore
Smoke Painting #35 (detail)

ROSEMARIE FIORE | Selected Press



1972   Born in Mount Kisco, NY

Lives and works in Bronx, NY


1999   MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1994   BA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

1993   Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy


2015   Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

2014   Firework Drawings, SCAD Moot Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2013   Smoke Paintings, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

Firework Drawings, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

            Firework Drawings, SCAD Gallery 1600, Atlanta, GA

2012   Fireworks, Anderson Gallery, VCUarts, Richmond, VA

Smoke Paintings: Sky City, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University,

Hempstead, NY

2011   Artificiere, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY (catalogue)

2009   Pyrotechnics, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY

2008   Painting, Performance and Machines, Second Street Gallery and LYDM Gallery, Charlottesville, VA (catalogue)                                                                                             

Firework Drawings, Gallery Bar, New York, NY

2006   House of Fiction, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY

2005   Firework Drawings, Doral Bank, New York, NY

2004   The Good-Time Mix Machine: Scrambler Drawings, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO 

Plus Ultra Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL

 2002  Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

            Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Midway Contemporary Art, Saint Paul, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014   MAKE/DO: Contemporary Artists Perform Craft, Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; travelling to University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (catalogue)

Bronx Arts Space, Bronx, NY

2013   Morphology of the Print, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Paper Plus One, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY

2012   Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

            Lydia, Picasso and Friends, LYDM Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

2011   Extreme Materials 2, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester,

Rochester, NY

            TBV, Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (catalogue)

2010   Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum,

Greensboro, NC (catalogue)

            Fire Art, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ

2009   Anthem: an All-American Diaspora, Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, NY

2007   Workspace Program 2001-07 Exhibition, Dieu Donné Papermill,

New York, NY (catalogue)

            Sosabeol International Art Expo, Lake Pyongtaek Art Museum,

Pyongtaek Korea (catalogue)

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition,

Roswell, NM  (catalogue)                                       ­

INTERSECTIONS: Collaborative Forces from the Artist-in-Residence Program, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

2006   The Spirit of Color, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT

            Permanent Adolescence, Curator Mauricio Laffitte-Soler, Cuchifritos,

New York, NY

            Year 06 Art Projects, Winkleman Gallery, London, England 

2005   Sir Isaac's Loft, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA

            Adaptation Syndrome, The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

Blasts, Curator Paul Brewer, G Fine Art, Washington, DC

2004   Queens International 2004, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY

            Process, Dorsky Projects, Long Island City, NY

            All About Drawing, The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

            Samson Projects, Boston, MA

            War and Peace, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY

2003   New Prints 2003/Autumn, International Print Center New York, New York, NY

            Yard, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY (catalogue)

            Gun and Wound Show, White Box Annex, New York, NY

2002   New Projects and Collaborations, Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY

            The Accelerated Grimace, Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY

            UnMediated Vision, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

Video Cafe: About The Mind (Not Everything You Always Wanted To Know), Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY

            The Dialogue, Thomas Erbin Gallery, New York, NY

            Young Art, Museo de Las Americas, Puerto Rico

2001   Queens College Godwin Turbach Museum, Flushing, NY 

            Artist in the Marketplace: Annual Exhibition, The Bronx Museum,

Bronx, NY (catalogue)

            Ha Ha, Revolution Gallery, Detroit, MI

            Suk, Sesto Senso Gallery, Bologna, Italy


2014  Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY

2013  Community Arts Fund Grant, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs / Bronx 

          Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

            Immigrant Artist Program, Van Lier Mentor (2012-13), The New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

            Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

2012  AIE Grant, The New York State Council for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

Art Omi International Artists Residency, The Sally and Milton Avery Foundation Fellowship in Painting, Ghent, NY

2009   BRIO grant in Drawing and Printmaking, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

NYFA fellowship in Printmaking/ Drawing/ Book Arts, BUITONI Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2007   Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY

            Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Ithaca, NY

            Blue Mountain Center Residency, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

2005   Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, Amherst, VA

2003-4  AIR Program, The Abrons Art Center New York, NY

2002-3  Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, New York, NY

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2002   Special Editions Fellowship, The Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY

Artist-in-Residence Foundation Grant, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM

2001   AIM Program, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

Workspace Grant, Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY

BCAT Fellowship, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2000   Ragdale Foundation Grant, Lake Forest, IL

1999   Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Skowhegan, ME

Trustee Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


2013   “Rosemarie Fiore: Smoke Paintings.” Wall Street International (August 9, 2013).

Yablonsky, Linda. “deFINE Success.” Art Forum: Scene & Heard (February 27, 2013).

            Hersh, Allison. “Art & Soul: Rosemarie Fiore’s Firework Paintings Coming to SCAD Museum.” Savannah Morning News (January 19, 2013).

2012   Manco, Tristan. Raw + Materials= Art: Found, Scavenged and Upcycled. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012.

Dabkowski, Colin. “UB Exhibition Samples New Takes on Drawing.” The Buffalo News (October 12, 2012).

Foran, Jack. “Innovative Drawings at UB Art Gallery.” Artvoice Weekly Edition, vol. 11, no. 42 (October 18, 2012).

Adams, Bruce. “On View: Drawing on Imagination.” Buffalo Spree (December 2012).

2011   Fallah, Amir. “Rosemarie Fiore’s Firework Drawings.” Beautiful Decay (April 27, 2011).

Low, Stuart. “Wild at Art.” Democrat and Chronicle, 1C, 4C (October 30, 2011).

Price, Marshall. “Incendiary Endeavors.” Artificiere. Exhibition Catalogue. New York: Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, 2011.

Rafferty, Rebecca. “Art Review: Extreme Materials 2,” Rochester City Newspaper (October 26, 2011).

2010  Eden, Xandra. Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition. Exhibition Catalogue. Greensboro: Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, 2010.

Bourquin, N., S. Ehmann, R. Klanten, and T. Tissot, eds. Data Flow 2: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design 2. Berlin: Gestalten, 2010.

Wender, Jessie. "In Focus: Fourth of July." TheNewYorker.com (July 2, 2010).

2009   Wei, Lilly. "Pyrotechnically Yours: Rosemarie Fiore Draws with Fireworks." Art On Paper (September/October 2009): 18-21.

Maine, Stephen. "Stephen Maine on Rosemarie Fiore." Artcritical.com (May 8, 2009).

Shuster, Robert. "Rosemarie Fiore: Pyrotechnics." Village Voice (April 7, 2009). Scappettone, Jennifer. From Dame Quickly. Brooklyn: Litmus Press, 2009.

2008  Hellige, H. and S. Ehmann. The Upset: Young Contemporary Art. Edited by R. Klanten. Berlin: Gestalten, 2008.

Ceuppens, Steven. "Space Invaders."  Extra: A Biannual Magazine on Photography, no. 01 (Summer 2008): 29.

            Klanten, Robert, ed. Lemon Poppy Seed. Berlin: Gestalten, 2008.

Maine, Stephen. “Report from Kansas City.” Art in America (October 2008): 63. Ryan, Paul. "Review: Rosemarie Fiore, Charlottesville, VA." Art Papers (July/August 2008): 55. 

2007  Hendricks, Jessica. "De Hoofdrol."  Into The Game, vol. 3, no. 13 (April/May 2007): 53.

Klanten, Robert, ed. Neo Geo: A New Edge to Abstraction. Berlin: Gestalten, 2007.

McGarrell, Ann. The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program: An Anecdotal History. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

Sukop, Sylvia. "Rosemarie Fiore."  Flaunt Magazine, no. 89 (2007): cover illustration, 74-77.

2006   Ryan, Dinah. "Spoilsports, Mavericks and Heretics: Play as Repositioning."  Artlies Magazine, vol. 50 (Fall 2006).

2005   Angrist, Laurel. "Second Queens International Exhibition." New York Arts Magazine (January/February 2005).

Clarke, Bustard. "All Angles Will be Covered in Upcoming Exhibits at Local Museums, Galleries." Richmond Times-Dispatch (January 2, 2005): H1.

Jocobson, Louis. “Blasts.” Washington City Paper, vol. 25, no. 41 (October 14-20, 2005).

Johnson, Ron. "And the Circus Came to Town." New York Arts Magazine, vol. 10, no. 3-4 (March/April 2005): 81.

Lombardi, D. Dominick. "Adaptation Syndrome: Painting in Contemporary Image Culture."  New York Arts Magazine (May/ June 2005).

Howard, Christopher. "Art Seen: Queens International 2004." The Brooklyn Rail (February 2005): 14.

2004  Bembnister, Theresa. "Impact Lingers from Some Gallery Shows in 2004."  The Kansas City Star (December 23, 2004): 30.

Camper, Fred. "Let the Machine do the Work: Fantasy Phytology." The Chicago Reader (November 12, 2004): sec. 2.

Cotter, Holland. "Sampling Brooklyn, Keeper of Eclectic Flames." The New York Times (January 23, 2004): E27-29.

Hackman, Kate. "Unleashing the Scrambler." The Kansas City Star (September, 12, 2004): E.

Howard, Christopher. "Art Seen: Queens International 2004." The Brooklyn Rail (February 2005): 14.

            "New Prints Review." Art on Paper (November/December 2004): 56-71.

2003   Smith, Roberta. "Impressions of the Yard, Visual and Olfactory." The New York Times (June 27, 2003): E28.

Hartz, Jill, ed. "Siting Jefferson." Hindsight/Foresight: Art for the New Millennium. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003.

Latter, Ruth. "Dot 2 Dot Connects Past to the Future of Art." The Daily Progress (September 4, 2003): D1-2.

Newhall, Edith. "Suburban Subversions." New York Magazine (June 23, 2003): 76.

            Wolfe, Ginger. “Review." Art Papers Magazine (January/February 2003): 45-46.

 2002  Demuth, Gary. "Bubble Man." The Salina Journal (January 8, 2002): D1.

Hackman, Kate. "Creativity Meets Creation." The Kansas City Star (February 24, 2002): I1.

Sirmans, Franklin. "The Accelerated Grimace." Time Out New York, vol. 354 (July 11-18, 2002).

 2001  AIM 21. New York: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2001, 17.

Johnson, Ken. "Newcomers Ready for Creating?" The New York Times (August 10, 2001): E36.

Knighton, Andrew. "Reviews Minnesota Fiore/Larson." New Art Examiner, vol. 28, no. 10 (July/August 2001): 87.

Miner, Barbara WF. "Ha Ha, Revolution Review." Dialogue Magazine, vol. 24, no. 5 (September/October 2001): 48-49.

Ryan, Dinah and Paul Ryan. "Charlottesville Review."  Art Papers Magazine, vol. 25, no. 4 (July/August 2001): 44-45.

 2000  Gilbert, Chris. "Appliance Art." 64 Magazine, vol. 1, no. 3 (April 2000): 20-22.

            Hawkins, Margaret. "Gallery Glance." Chicago Sun-Times (October 13, 2000).

Protzman, Ferdinand. "Annex at Signal 66 Review." The Washington Post (April 13, 2000).


The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM

Art Omi, Ghent, NY

The Aspen Collection, New York, NY

Capital One, Richmond, VA

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY

Flaunt Magazine, Los Angeles, CA

The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY

Neuberger Berman, Rome, Italy

The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC