gallery neptune & brown | Cianne Fragione Songs from My Home

By Editorial Team on March 7, 2022

Sat, 12 March 2022 - Sat, 23 April 2022

Cianne Fragione, From the Balcony/Clouds Travel Like White Handkerchiefs, 2021. Mixed media on paper, sheet size: 59 x 42 1/2 inches
Opening: Saturday, March 12 from 4pm to 6pm

gallery neptune & brown is pleased to present Cianne Fragione’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. In these mixed-media paintings completed over the last two years, Fragione has worked exclusively from her studio. These conditions brought about new associations between her heritage, dance, music, poetry, and her artistic practice.

Fragione’s studio, much like her work, is a sensorial feast. There are collections of Italian lace, marble altars, vintage photos, and trinkets amongst the pigments, brushes, and palettes. Music is a constant companion; in particular, a live recording of Paolo Buonvino’s Taranta Reimagined. These precious items in her studio are foundational elements of her artistic practice. These tactile aspects in her space allow for deep introspection.

Her compositions explore the history of family, culture, and artistic mediums. Fragione builds texture and then works to reveal layers bringing to mind ruins and antiquities. Her gestural brushstrokes reveal her background as a dancer. Dancing has informed her practice as an artist – disciplined and focused on rhythm and pattern. Pigments reappear across compositions, like motifs in an orchestral arrangement, to create a unique visual and poetic vocabulary. One motif in this group of paintings is the color blue. For Fragione, the blue pigments represent glimmers of hope amidst hardship, like the moment when clouds clear to reveal the blue sky beyond. Mark-making is another pattern that reveals an essential feature of her work. While words and figures evoke poetic associations, the more abstract lines appear like memories of the landscape, music, and movement that have influenced Fragione throughout her career.

Songs From My Home will be on view at the gallery March 12th through April 23rd, 2022. For further information please contact Chris Neptune at or call 202.986.1200.

Please note that masks will be required in the gallery for the duration of the event as per the indoor mask mandate.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 12 to 7 pm
  • and by appointment

gallery neptune & brown is located at 1530 14th Street NW.