La Galerie Vincent
Fine and Delectable Arts! Pastry Chef Vincent Caradonna believes that Art feeds Art. He opens his Main Street space for local artists to show their work because the display of talent inspires him. Clients who come in for a delicacy also find as a bonus a feast for the eyes. It’s a fine way to develop a taste for the Arts in Greenville.
La Galerie Vincent is curated independently by a well-established Greenville artist.
Greenville is currently my playground; I never know what will be my artwork before coming across a manhole cover, a sign, a ghost sign on a wall, the rough of the road... I explore every common thing and especially letters we don’t pay attention to. These patterns, rhythms, letters and signage fascinate me. To support contrast, repetition of lines, curves and rhythm I use intense black carbon, like an ode to old black and white street photography. I have an intuitive way of working by rubbing, scraping or scratching my soft paper on the floor where I feel every asperity, every rough patch and texture.
When I return from my “urban trail”, I need time to process and, sometimes months later, I experiment with the confusion between typography and translating it into a drawing. I reinvent the picture of a city, street or neighborhoods by interlacing all kind of signs, hand-lettering, pictograms... like a travel diary full of unexpected events.
I have been an artist and designer for more than forty years. I earned my BFA from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and completed my MFA at Indiana University (Bloomington).
My early work was in ceramics. I exhibited my work in porcelain and stoneware extensively in the US and was selected to be part of the "American Porcelain, New Expressions in an Ancient Art" that traveled world wide from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC
In 2000 I began painting and printmaking and transitioned from ceramics during the following year.
moved from Connecticut to Greenville, SC in 2008 and opened a painting studio in the old mill Village of West Greenville. My studio is now located in the Greenville Center for Creative Arts
STILL TIME – March 12 – June 11, 2108
Danielle Fontaine’s encaustic work considers the enduring question of what we elect to keep or preserve and the reasons why, and invites reflection on what, or whom, we discard along the way. With its essential process of fusing after application, encaustic (hot wax) painting does not lend itself easily to straight line work. Learning to control this process is an attempt at harnessing wandering thoughts and reframing unspoken absences.
Danielle Fontaine is a studio artist at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in the Village of West Greenville.