Acrylic on canvas
Provenzano’s artwork combines painting, an ancient form of communication, with social media, a new and constantly changing form of communication. In Profiled, figurative painting mixes with modern references such as barcode and text referring to one’s profile. This work shows multiple ideas stemming from this man’s head. Some ideas, such as the text referring to “profile” and “settings,” are concrete references to social media. The stray black lines or the patches of color reflect parts of the mind that are less focused, and based in emotion. This contrast captures Provenzano’s goal of combining old and new in his works.
Provenzano works mainly in Boston, close to where he was born. After receiving his Master’s degree in fine arts from Boston University in 1990, Provenzano studied under sculptor John Wilson, who he attributes as having changed his life and gave him direction in his artwork. He also draws inspiration from musicians such as John Coltrane, who, like Provenzano, work to translate the feelings and experiences of the artist into a physical and representable form.