Known for her experimental use of materials and technology in her paintings, Fiore employs more established techniques for her newest series. Within six landscape oil paintings, Fiore has synthesized a broad range of her earlier imagery, much of it culled from mechanically generated gestures and innovative vocabularies she developed in projects where she painted with everything from lawnmowers to pinball machines, and windshield wipers to live fireworks.
Balanced in each painting are signifiers of construction interfacing with indicators of destruction (explosions, guns, industrial waste, etc.). The construction indicators reflect Fiore’s decision not only to assemble her previously invented imagery, but to build from them new narratives combined with plein air observations. This juxtaposition of construction and destruction, allows Fiore to continue her exploration of violence and technology in the context of art making and serves as commentary on what she sees from her vantage point. Conceptually, Fiore here allows her earlier series-
in which the artist’s hand was intentionally removed from the process-to serve as investigative studies for her oil paintings, in which she controls every decision and builds narratives far more complex than she could with automated mark making—-a decidedly anti-Duchampian impulse.
Also in the exhibition are the latest in Fiore’s ongoing series of fireworks drawings. These large works on paper are made by exploding and containing live fireworks, resulting in bursts of saturated color that Fiore overlaps and collages into gorgeous abstract compositions.