up in arms
Statement - Up In Arms
Up In Arms began in 2013 as a yet another variation in my lengthy watercolor series of hands where I explored how the many ways hands exemplified what it is to be human. But I soon realized that in Up In Arms paintings are much more than a celebration of our physical capacities to hold things aloft. These paintings examine our relationships to our possessions, our jobs, our fears, our fantasies, our hopes, our talents, even our most mundane objects.
I believe the paintings can be quite powerful individually. Yet I always suspected that a dialog would occur between paintings once they are presented formally in a gallery. But not until recently did I realize how magical groupings of Up In Arms paintings would be. And groups of threes–triplets–seem to work best. The selection and order within the groups are very interchangeable, and each variation instantly creates a new dynamic, a different energy, a change in tension.
Statement - Planets
A breakthrough moment occurred to me in 2012 while visiting the cathedral in Lucca, Italy. Why not combine the simple but powerful border patterns that animated the church’s stone floor with glorious springtime Tuscan skies? So I did, and my Tuscan Sky series began. These paintings were my first to unite my fascination with ever-changing cloud formations with design elements from the cultures that are the DNA of Western civilization.
After the Tuscan Skies came skies bordered with imagery from Puritan tombstones and skies surrounded by Baltimore architectural elements. This spring viewing an exhibition of paintings by the Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo made me realize how strong tondo–circular–paintings can be. I felt liberated to juxtapose Baltimore summer skies with cultural patterns that have excited me over the years. The Planets are my largest sky paintings and the boldest.
Born in 1949, Scott Ponemone BA, Amherst College 1971; MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1979.
He works primarily in watercolors, and makes wood engravings. Ponemone has had 20 one-person shows since 1980 including shows in NY, Washington, Balti- more, Miami, Richmond and Annapolis. His work is in the collections of the BMA, City of Baltimore, Museum of the City of NY, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland Historical Society, and Johns Hopkins University. Residencies include: PECAH (Programme of Exchange in Culture and Art of Himala- yas), Uttarkhand, India; The Studios of Key West, VCCA in Virginia, Vermont Studio Colony, Chateau at Rochefort en Terre, France (MICA), Hungarian Multicultural Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place.