Lisa Cristinzo: Fire Works for Pleasure
October 5 – October 14, 2018
October 6th -14th, 12pm -6pm, except holiday October 8th.
Opening Reception: Friday October 5, 6:00-9:00pm
Each morning during an artist residency in Ireland, Lisa Cristinzo warmed up the stone cabin by gathering kindling and lighting a fire in the wood stove. She gradually came to see the pieces of wood, newspaper and burnable objects as triangular compositions in anticipation of fire. The stove soon took on a dual function, as she postponed the fire to sketch the arrangement as a still life.
Fire Works For Pleasure, is an exhibition of the new paintings that began from that experience. These works explore aspects of fire, both the promise it offers and the threat it poses.
These paintings developed in Ireland, Berlin and Toronto over the past 2 years. In each location, the materials and context for fire shifted. Each place also offered new insight on the subject. This ranged from the use and substitution of fire in domestic spaces, current wildfire events, fire prevention and fire fighting strategies, to its mythic history.
The ancient Romans worshiped Vesta, the goddess of fire and the domestic sphere, keeping an altar to her in their homes. In her temple, vestal virgins tended a continual flame. Currently we attempt to remove the danger of fire in the home while preserving the attribute of heat with our appliances. The control of fire with extinguishers, smoke alarms, hydrants and a whole industry that fights it, has turned the fireplace into a fire plan.
In Lisa Cristinzo’s new paintings, she considers the potential of fire, as a process, a subject and a symbol. Fire Works For Pleasure also hints at the point when personal possessions possess you, and the heap you hoard becomes a fire hazard.