Playing With Color and Light - (Tony Mungiguerra)

Each piece evokes a sense of play while restricted to representations of either color, light or a combination of the two. A base of minimalism ensures a base of simple imagery and design. Each piece feels as though the artist was choosing to “play” with color, light or the combination of the two, regardless of the medium.

A gentle shimmer of colored light across the repeating surface of vertical lines. Each line repeats, seemingly infinitely, into the darkness. Possibly the best depiction of the theme from this gallery, this piece is literally splashes of colored light in a very atmospheric setting. The use of lines and repetition creates the space, and the use of color creates a connectivity between the lines themselves. The colors and the space create unity among items that would otherwise feel isolated.
This piece is a painting of black and white stripes some of which come to a nice circular end near the middle of the image. There are two of these clouds, one is made of endings of the white stripes, the other made from the endings of the black stripes. Since they end with small circular curls the stripe behind peeks out. The placement of the circular endings of the stripes create cloud like shapes that are somewhat nebulous amidst the strict striping of the rest of the work. This image uses lines and the disruption of those lines to create multiple illusions that perpetuate balance and unity by disrupting balance and unity. This artist uses the absence of light and color contrasted with the completeness of light and color to elegantly twist our perception.
This piece is made of nothing more than red and white lines. With strategic repetition and variation it creates a lively design upon a black background that sets the stage. The strokes are not perfected and that gives this work a natural and human feeling. It is as if the artist was doodling, but the result is something unapologetic and free. Just like play time.
Very similar to the first piece, this work is in a grid format with circles floating in each square. Each with its own color, and once again repeating off into the dark. The compartmentalization feels much more strict, but the angles of the repetitions make this display feel as if they are all originating from the same place. Despite their differences in color and placement, all of the orbs are united in their origin and remain connected, even by their separations. The bright glow of the orbs and the soft glow of color make each orb feel alive and individualistic.
The third piece is a repetition of a rectangle into the darkness. It almost feels like a hallway, only infinite and dark. The color of the light and its fade push the darkness into our minds. It creates an empty feeling, as if there is nothing to find down this “hallway.” There is no where else to go. The use of light to create illusion in this piece has as simple yet profound result.
This piece is one of the simplest of the gallery. It consists of six rounded rectangles, each with its own color, each with a hole just below center, and each with a combination of colored circles slightly offset. This is just a simple design with solid colors. The brightness of the colors chosen and the offset of the circles on the interior of the rectangles give this piece an edgy design that looks like it was devised from playing around with shapes and colors until something expressive emerged. The bright colors also contribute to the playful edge of the whole piece. Over all, very fun to look at.
In this piece we are looking at a small ghost-like robot sculpture. The face of the total sculpture is white while the feature and the sides are black. The expression on its face is very mischievous. Again the simplicity of white on black creates a bold impression that contributes to the feeling that this robot is going to do whatever he wants. This robot seems to be playing in and of himself. The reflections dance around the sides of the sculpture causing motion contributions to the playful activity.
This piece is two sets of circular neon lights. They are white and they depend in diameter, like targets. They are overlapping like a venn diagram. Because there are eight circles in each “target” the overlap creates a very complex pattern. It is very beautiful, but also very intense compared to the simplicity of the circles themselves. This piece is much more calculated, but the title, Don’t Think Twice is an indication that this piece holds a message. “If you think twice things can get complicated.” There are two sets of clearly defined circles, by themselves they would be simple, together they create complications. Spontaneity is a good thing, play with it.
This piece is a series of six tall pieces comprised of squiggly colorful lines of varying densities and complexities. They almost seem improvised and as a result very playful in nature. The colors themselves seem to play and dance in the whiteness. They were certainly more calculated than that, and that takes them beyond something expressionist. This is evident in just how dense some of them are, or smooth. Some feel cluttered while others feel organized. It is as if the artist was taking the time to simply try different things with simple colors to see what was manifested.
This piece is surprisingly old. It feels like something a contemporary urban artist would devise. This image is just a pattern of colors dark orange, light orange grey and white. It almost looks like a small section of road. the lines are all very crisp, but the paint was allowed to bleed and drip. Without that drip this painting would feel very empty. It doesn’t seem to be heavily thought out. I think it is the paint drips that give it that feeling. It is as if the artist wasn’t trying to control how much paint was being applied. That, to me, feels like a playful gesture. “Let’s just throw this up here.” It is still calculated because the lines are so crisp, but the colors are strong and the paint was played on thick. Akin to “shooting from the hip,” only in painting. Calculated, but quick and dirty at the same time.
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