Francine Gintoff isn’& rsquo; t big on speaking about the why of her artworks. On huge pink-painted canvases, Gintoff creates collections of images —– typically an individual in the center, surrounded by animals, things, flowers, numbers, etc. —– with blue acrylic paint.
“& ldquo; They & rsquo; re kind of like puzzles to me, comparing various images of things that are unlike each various other,” & rdquo; Gintoff stated in a meeting in her home in East Hampton. “& ldquo; That & rsquo; s what I find fascinating and enjoyable to review. & hellip; I wish to let people see what they want and let them think exactly what they want. I don’& rsquo; t want to inform them what to think. & rdquo; A collection of Gintoff’& rsquo; s art works, & ldquo; Hysteria, Historia, Hypnosis, & rdquo; is on the walls at the 100 Pearl Street Gallery in Hartford. An” opening reception is at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. Gintoff began on this collection of works years ago, when she
had a dream about tattoos. She beginninged creating works that looked like tattoos, gradually taking on the coloration of a blue tattoo on skin. Gintoff stated she has no explanation exactly how she chooses exactly what images to put in her works. & ldquo; In the beginning, I was taking care of single signs and images, & rdquo; she stated. & ldquo; Then I started to do several images. I can & rsquo; t tell you why I put in the things I put’in. People who see them can put their own ideas together. They can be trite or they can be deep. & rdquo; Among the title works, & ldquo;
Hysteria, “& rdquo; portrays Gintoff’& rsquo; s mother, Evelyn, in her wedding gown, surrounded by a fertility symbol, measuring cups, an “& ldquo; E & rdquo; for Evelyn and various other products. “& ldquo; It concerns women, a bunch of concerns ladies deal with, managing things, all the pressure,” & rdquo; Gintoff said. & ldquo; It & rsquo; s uncertain, I suspect, and it could go in any case. Ultimately, it always needs to work for me in a formal means.”
“& rdquo; & ldquo; Historia & rdquo; reveals a big jackrabbit in the center of the canvas, surrounded by oval portraits of the last six presidents of the United States. “& ldquo; I always desired to do one with a jackrabbit in the middle,” & rdquo; she said. & ldquo; Then I thought, what to put around it? The head of states entered your mind.”
“& rdquo; & ldquo; Hypnosis & rdquo; is different from the blue-on-pink works in that is is pink-on-blue, and shows the Virgin Mary, modeled on a Hans Holbein painting, surrounded by cosmic nebulae. “& ldquo; I call it & lsquo; Hypnosis & rsquo; because, well, you can collect exactly what you desire,” & rdquo; she stated. & ldquo; Rationale of religion? Spiritualism?”
& rdquo; Other canvases show Gintoff’& rsquo; s children, Michelle Obama, a child’& rsquo; s dress surrounded by numbers that can be read as benign or scary, Neil Armstrong, and Marcel Proust wearing ballet shoes standing alongside among Marcel Duchamps’ & rsquo; readymades, a snow shovel.
Gintoff likewise produced an artwork an old pink chiffon outfit she discovered at a tag sale. She covered it with business logo designs. “& ldquo; The logo designs create a bunch of different ideas, adverse and positive,” & rdquo; she said. & ldquo; There are loaded undertones with each logo design.”
& rdquo; An additional of her task is the “& ldquo; 27 Club, & rdquo; items painted with portraits of individuals who passed away at age 27 —– Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jean-Michel Basquiat —– and mannequin hands painted with a variety of imaginary and nonfiction individuals, one for each letter of the alphabet.
“& ldquo; I guess you could state I’& rsquo; m portrait-driven,” & rdquo; she said.
HYSTERIA, HISTORIA, HYPNOSIS will be at 100 Pearl Road Gallery, on the ground floor of the office building at that address in Hartford, till Jan. 11. The opening reception will be Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. Gallery hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Details: www.letsgoarts.org/galler!.?.!y. Post source: http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts/hc-artweek-1024-20131021,0,6752404.story