January 6 – February 16, 2017
Deconstructing the notion that graffiti is not legitimate art, Percy Fortini-Wright plays with the illusion of classical painting but tags into it and roughs up the edges to inject a dualistic principle. A mathematically-inclined painter drawn to portraiture and anatomy, he speaks of himself as a scientist sculpting form and light. Rhythm and pattern are pierced by chaotic elements that build on the lines that objects take on. Early in his career Fortini-Wright became accustomed to his graffiti work being painted over by other artists; now he doesn’t think twice about doing a loosely rendered realistic portrait, then taking a roller, painting over half it, and letting the paint drip. Merging highbrow and lowbrow aesthetics, he generates a wide bandwidth for viewers to experience his work.
Percy on Open Studio With Jared Bowen, PBS television (at 5:56)