Angeli and Thompson each employ individualized painting styles as language to describe and explore a synthetic reality. While Angeli’s work reimagines disasters through a merger of gesture and industrial forms, Thompson’s depictions overload the senses with moments of exaggerated detail and bright artificial color, rendering parts of the figure, which connect the work to the human experience.
In her most recent body of work, Thompson has utilized hands and arms to incorporate the body while also pointing to the absence of body inside imagined worlds. Hyperbolic color planes and tactile quotidian objects are used as props to enhance color interaction and hint at the mundane within an overblown and histrionic constructed composition.
Angeli’s work similarly takes cues from the overtly dramatic. His compositions owe much to sublime landscape painting of the past featuring large color faded skies and sweeping movement. Unlike the bucolic paintings of the past, Angeli’s paintings depict moments of disaster. Marks and splatters are transformed into fragments of buildings or structures colliding and disintegrating. The end result is an elegiac response of anxieties about the future.
Thompson and Angeli met in 2006 in Boston where they were both MFA candidates at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Kelli Thompson received a BA from the University of New Orleans in 2006 and an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, California, Missouri, Florida, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and New York and featured in the publications New American Paintings (Volume 86) and Art Voices Magazine. She currently lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens.
Dan Angeli received a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and a MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2009. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at The Catskill Art Society and The South Huntington Library on Long Island. He currently works and resides on the South Shore of Long Island.