Dominick received his MFA from Hunter College in NYC and has studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both in the U.S. and abroad and he’s been reviewed in numerous publications such as ARTnews, The NY Times, The New Yorker and The Village Voice and his work is in both private and public collections. Trained as a sculptor, he has been developing a process where he uses 2800 degree molten iron as a painting medium.
After sculpting for 20 years with cast iron, I am now revisiting the genre of painting by using 2800 degree molten iron like it was latex paint. My gestural strokes and splashes, the persuasion of liquid fire on its collision course with the picture plane, create unusual and unpredictable marks that both scorch the surface and burn down into the depths of layered oil paint and archival paper. Each painting successfully captures the creative moment in a dynamic, spontaneous and visually compelling manner. This new work touches upon several art historical precedents but unlike those before me I am transforming the chaos of experimental foundry practice, complete with its youthful exuberance and fearless exploration, into visual poetry. By allowing apparent randomness to play a supporting role in the work’s creation, I am fostering the creation of art that would not be possible if left solely to human cognition.
b. 1970, Buffalo, New York
Lives and works in New York, NY