THOMAS PAUL RAGGIO
PHILADELPHIA BASED PAINTER
I contemplate every color, mark, and placement of the line to formulate what I call rhythmic velocities: relationships of color and motion that give life to the composition, creating a heartbeat. I am interested in the duality of math and design: through repetition, a line made of color becomes a rhythmic pattern. This concept is found when composing music, organic landscapes and architectural structures. By referencing these sources, my abstractions transcend their formal components, reaching beyond a minimalist canon. My work is composed of hard edges and thin lines set against an abstract field or a pictorial space. Each color has a quickness that is relative to the colors surrounding it; this gives my paintings visual movement and dislocates the viewer. Through linear and geometric forms, my paintings explore design and mathematical concepts found broadly throughout culture. They are improvised from a wide range of sources such as my conversations with scholars in various fields of music, architecture and engineerings, my life experiences and travels.
CHECK OUT OUR CONVERSATION WITH THOMAS PAUL RAGGIO FOR ARTMOBIA!
Artmobia sat down with Philadelphia-based artist Thomas Paul Raggio on the eve of his forthcoming solo exhibition at James Oliver Gallery to discuss how patterns, systems, stored memories and rhythms of experience influence his work. His conversation with Aubrey M. Loftus and Caroline Pocock then transitions into a brief discussion of changes and trends in current gallery practices, and of how technology has fed into them.
Special thanks to Thomas Paul Raggio, James Oliver, Aubrey M. Loftus, Caroline Pocock, Gregory Prichard, Nadine Rovner, Adrian Ferguson, Patricia Yanez and Jason Peng for their contribution to this project.