Patrick DeAngelis–Memories in fragmented Metal

Patrick DeAngelis is one of the artists showing their work At Blue Mark Studios Gallery as part of “Multiple Personalities”  is Patrick DeAngelis. His work shows a wonderful combination of the melancholy with his use of old time photos and pictures frames and the cold frigid  metal. In my opinion each painting a peephole through type of wall/fence which excludes from going to something you want to see more of or want to go back to.

Patrick DeAngelis: Artist Statement

Cleveland, Ohio, “The rust belt”, a region where automotive manufacturing and steel production geographically overlap. In my most recent work I’ve created relief paintings assembled from scrap metal and salvaged wood, a medium that allows me to reflect on my life growing up in the Northeast Ohio. Cleveland was once a region that thrived on manufacturing but now sputters as that workforce has almost entirely disappeared. In these assemblage paintings I re-purpose found materials to celebrate their past and communicate the beauty of where I’m from.

My work is an organization of predetermined and spontaneous materials and marks; a combination of aesthetic intentions and unintentional, predestined aesthetic qualities that I simply put into context. I enjoy the irony of the material and its unique history crossing paths with my search for objects with visual qualities that have been dismissed and deemed useless. 

Aesthetically my work focuses on the simple, formal relationships in painting. Vincent Desidario, a figurative painter in New York once told me that there are three dynamic relationships in painting: light vs. dark, transparent vs. opaque, and warm vs. cool. At the time I was painting the figure exclusively and I would focus on these relationships while attempting to render the figure and the illusion of form. Over time I became less interested in painting the figure or space or form, instead I began focusing only on the relationships themselves. Instead of painting light vs. dark in an attempt to create an illusion, I began painting light vs. dark just as a relationship. I’ve since added two more relationships that I consider to be important in my work: neutral vs. intense and textured vs. smooth. My work continues to be an ongoing investigation of these contrasting relationships. My paintings are assembled in a sculpture manner; I want the final piece to be seen as a painting, an object, a document, and a personal journal.(

His work wil be available to view at Blue Mark Studios Gallery From 1 November  2012 – 31 January 2013.


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