Hudson

Marc Travanti

John Davis Gallery

Marc Travanti shares with the Cubists and Futurists an interest in extending the scope of the picture to accommodate fragments of reality. Using the technique of collage pioneered by Braque and Picasso, Travanti works with newspaper fragments cut out from various American and foreign periodicals. The fragments are glued to solid rectangular supports, most of which are made of wood. Travanti arranges his material in rhythmical passages, with much attention paid to edge and direction, and to what possible impact the words and letters contained in the pieces of columns and headlines carry. This ground, with its relief construction, provides the artist with the base for building the rest of the composition. In each work, the imagery is a combination of collaged and rendered elements. In Untitled, 1989, the largest work shown, the lively patterns formed by the newspaper fragments are intensified

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