Opening: Saturday, February 24 from 6-8pm
February 24 – March 17, 2024 // Stone Tower Gallery
The Stone Tower Gallery presents Joystick, a solo exhibition by artist Angela Malchionno. Joystick captures the exhilaration of artistic expression and pays tribute to all things derelict and obscure: analog machines, thrift store quilts, linoleum rugs. Through abstract representations, the work maps out the emotional essence of these elements, cataloging nostalgia and the lost rhythms of the handmade. At the heart of the work is a lament for our collective interiors, neglected by shortened attention spans, piecemeal connectivity, and lack of depth. Malchionno shares a quote by Tom Waits to address the notion of the opacity of abstract work: “Everything is explained now. We live in an age when you casually say to somebody ‘What’s the story on that?’ and they can run to the computer and tell you within five seconds. That’s fine, but sometimes I’d just as soon continue wondering. We have a deficit of wonder right now.”
Angela Malchionno is a visual artist and educator working across media, from textiles and painting to ceramics and drawing. Based in Silver Spring, MD, she earned her M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Angela’s work has been featured in various exhibitions, including both solo and group shows at a variety of venues. In the realm of education, Angela served as Faculty/Advisor at the Washington Latin Public Charter School, where she contributed to the development of studio arts, design, and photography curricula for grades 7 through 12. With a background as a Lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Angela has been able to support emerging talents on their artistic journeys. For more information about Angela and her work, you can visit her website at malchionno.com.
Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.
Consider all this; and then turn to the green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself? For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half-known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!” ― Herman Melville, Moby Dick
“Painting and sculpture are the dominant mediums in my practice, and it is in the intersection of the two that I situate my formal concerns. My process relies on the tension between predetermined acts and unplanned maneuvers. These disparate modes of production merge in the final piece, and the order of processes becomes unclear. Part catharsis and part evasive action, it is through these palimpsests that I share my visual interpretation of calcified memories, and personal references to disparate sources, from poetry to pop culture. At times my work is bright and optimistic, while at other times I am drawn to darker psychological states: failure, embarrassment, and doubt. Ideally, the work favors emotional intelligence over the logical, while remaining provisional and elusive: conceptually and formally in two places at once.”