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Artist Adam Tramantano



Adam Tramantano


About the Artist

With the advent of conceptual art, performance art, and a constant barrage of images in the digital landscape, what role can abstract painting possibly have in this day and age? For early abstract expressionists, the challenge was in opening new expressions against “easel” painting and asserting an expression of the self over the need to belong to an order. Now, with the digital age, and how it has made imagery easily accessible and quickly disposable, the challenge is to assert the physical materiality of painting. Abstraction in this time period needs to assert the necessity of presence—to actually be there—in the act of seeing. Adam Tramantano’s paintings resonate with many of the interests of the original abstract expressionists (for example, artists like Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland, with their attentiveness to the canvas), but have a particularly contemporary plight: to get today’s viewers to take time to look. His paintings look different from different angles, varying distances, and with changes in light in the room. The illusion of repetition plays on the sense of a machine’s ability to make patterns. But, looking closer, the viewer sees these are not patterns, but are improvised visual melodies.