Tony Ingrisano “The Map and The Territory”

Lesley Heller Workspace

poster for Tony Ingrisano “The Map and The Territory”
[Image: Tony Ingrisano "Razzle Dazzle: Amsterdam" (2019) acrylic and ink on paper, cut and rearranged on panel, 19 x 19 in.]

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“A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.” Polish-American philosopher Alfred Korzybski wrote, in 1933.[I]

The concept of representation has intrigued many great thinkers. Artists, too, have long investigated the real and representational in their work. The Map and The Territory—Tony Ingrisano’s third solo exhibition with the gallery—explores the relationships of these arrangements and focuses on this disconnect between reality and representation.
Most maps prioritize readability at the expense of accuracy. Perspective drawings offer a framework for creating an illusion of reality but get erased as the drawing advances. Ingrisano weaves together multiple sources of imagery; the more distorted they become, the more they lose their original value as accurate depictions and useful tools. Simultaneously, they become new maps of undefinable spaces and information sets that tell of structures and systems not yet invented.

Tony Ingrisano is an artist whose work investigates the social and environmental structures that surround us by looking at new ways of visualizing these organizations and systems. He breaks down this relationship through the use of imagery culled from transportation maps and technical drawing motifs. He then cuts, reassembles, and layers his distorted drawings based on these images. His large-scale paintings and drawings utilize these altered visual layouts of to create dynamic, vibrant, and multi-layered compositions.

Tony Ingrisano (b. 1980, Connecticut) is an artist known for his multi-media artworks made of layered ink, graphite, watercolor, and collaged paper elements on panel which combine compositions of grid lines and organic forms. Ingrisano received an MFA from Pratt Institute (2008), where he was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Award, and a BFA from The University of Vermont (2002).

Ingrisano’s work has been featured in various galleries and institutions including at the Islip Art Museum, NY; 2731 Prospect Gallery, Cleveland, OH; National Arts Club, NY; Lesley Heller Gallery, NY; Kunsthalle Galapagos, NY; F.U.E.L. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Magnan Projects, NY; Allegra LaViola Gallery, NY; and On Stellar Rays, NY. His work has been written about in The New York Times, Art F City, and Art Daily. Tony Ingrisano is currently based in Cleveland, OH, where he is Assistant Professor of Painting at The Cleveland Institute of Art.



from February 20, 2019 to April 07, 2019
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 23, 2:30pm

Opening Reception on 2019-02-20 from 18:00 to 20:00


Tony Ingrisano

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