Wednesday, May 15, 2013

William Contino 
Associate Professor School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University

William Contino was born in Los Angeles, California, and has lived and worked in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and London. Contino has been a professor at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University since 1991. In 1997 he continued to teach drawing and painting at the American School in London for six years, before returning to his position in Alfred. Exhibiting internationally, with work in both public and private collections, Contino continues a studio practice involving a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, and video.

These images, inspired by verbal and visual memory are an attempt to understand the ephemeral nature of form and space. Using both digital technology and hand drawn images I want to create narratives where process and content juxtapose the rigid and the organic, where the conscious and unconscious mind meet. I am interested in the physical processes that go into the creation of prints, The active experience of constructing images from idea fragments, sensations, and memory dictates their ultimate visual meaning. My intent is to recreate that illusive space that exists where the ethereal and the concrete world overlap.