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September 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - October 1, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
Terrault is pleased to present “Teacher”, a new series of acrylic cast paintings by Dominic Terlizzi. In Teacher, Terlizzi uses a symbolic palate and textural lexicon to discuss youth and unknowing. Spectrums of color offer a lush backdrop to divergent narratives and coded meanings. By the shows’ namesake Teacher there is a Socratic posture upheld in which the work asks more questions than can be answered. These are scenes that do not exist, from stories never written, about things misunderstood.
The textures are made with a mold method developed around grains and ubiquitous sundries. Terlizzi uses grains as a way of accessing unknown history. It is a recipe, currency, and sustenance. The process necessitates a jack-of-all-trades approach, utilizing baking, scavenging, mold making, and color mixing. Placing these textures into mosaics is a democratizing action, allowing content to conjure and comingle.
Relationships between wildlife, human figures, and mythology are created through collisions of language. Side scrolling and role-playing keep viewing playful. Characters abut gradients and presidential gazes guard bucolic landscapes. Questions arise around which narrative is being constructed, and to what ends.
Dominic Terlizzi is a Baltimore area native who most recently completed the Artist in Residence at University of Tennessee Knoxville, and installed a public sculpture at Remington Row. Recent Solo exhibitions include Bard College at Simon’s Rock Hillman-Jackson Gallery Great Barrington MA, Vox Populi Philadelphia PA, and ICA Baltimore MD. Recent group shows include Paint is a Thing at Craig Krull Gallery Santa Monica CA, From Here at Fluorescent Gallery Knoxville TN, Always Already Here Vol. 2 at Protocol Gallery Gainesville FL, and the UTK AIR Biennial featuring Molly Zuckerman-
Hartung, Aliza NisenBaum, Caitlin Keogh, and Dominic Terlizzi at Ewing Gallery University of Tennessee Knoxville TN. Along with teaching at MICA, Towson University, UTK and PI Art NYC, Terlizzi has lectured in Cebu City Philippines, Incheon South Korea, Seoul South Korea, Jeju Island South Korea, Beijing China, Hangzhou China, and Shanghai China. He also directs and curates St. Charles a project space in Baltimore located at 2701 N Charles Street.