Daniel Schiavone and his family live in the old Moose Lodge in the heart of Highlandtown. Since moving to Highlandtown in 1996 he's been very active in the community creating some highly visible events including the Highlandtown Wine Festival and the Highlandtown Basement Bar Tour. He leads efforts to promote the Highlandtown’s Arts and Entertainment District as chair of the steering committee and is one of the founders of the Creative Alliance from back in the days when it operated above a cafe in Fells Point.
I make my own discoveries when developing imagery. There are few preconceptions. This allows me to tap into the subconscious, to leave things to chance. My work makes use of the fantastic, expanding upon the legacy of Goya, Jose Orosco and Frida Kahlo, and work by contemporary artists like Phillip Guston, Francesco Clemente, and Robert Colescott, with whom I studied. The work strives to personify that which has no visual manifestation through invented imagery.
I’ve preserved an unfinished quality in my work, an open-ended-ness physically and narratively. I've primed the canvas with rabbit skin glue to retain the natural color of the canvas. The paint has been built up — canvas, under painting, and drawing exposed. I want the viewer to get a sense of where these objects come from, that a person stood in front of them with a brush, reacting to each new mark. There was no preconception, no formula. Self-consciousness is not easy to avoid for a trained artist. Yet it can be something to push against. As a strategy it doesn't interest me. It's an obstacle. Show me immediacy. Dress down, undress, and unstretch.
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