Marco Casentini’s bright, hard-edged, geometric abstractions plunge us into those parts of 20th century art history in which geometry was used to purge painting of real-world references. Those parts — Constructivism, Concrete Art, Minimalism and Neo Geo — encompass a large group of painters: from Piet Mondrian and Kazmir Malevich to Josef Albers and Hans Hofmann, and from Blinky Palermo and Imi Knoebel to Peter Halley, Casentini’s closest contemporary.
and still do, Casentini’s work summons palpable associations. His shapes, which appear nested inside each other, unfold rhythmically, their “meter” controlled by modulations of size and color, in mash-ups of close-value hues and clashing dissonant shades. The artist’s stated goal is to communicate his experience of urban architecture and light, which he records in paintings made at various locales in the U.S. and Europe.
reach for your sunglasses. At the opposite end of the chromatic spectrum All the Small Things strikes a darker chord and an even stronger rhythmic tempo, set in motion by interlocking shapes that, if viewed in a Cageian, mode could serve as a musical score. The Rainbow in Your Room calls up red rock formations and Mexican villages, signaled by shades of deep orange.