Art Opening Reception: Gene Prvenzo--From Bach to the Beatles and Beyond
521 W Main Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980
September 05, 2019
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
(540) 943 - 9999
The exhibit, “From Bach to the Beatles and Beyond,” provides a survey of different musical traditions that have played an important part in the life of Gene Provenzo. Provenzo is not a musician but is a great listener/appreciator of most musical styles. Jazz, rap, rock and roll, modern atonal music and baroque classical are just a few of the musical genres of interest. In the exhibit, Provenzo explores music through mixed media, sculpture/assemblage and collage.
His approach to doing this type of art is grounded in the French concept of detournement. This involves taking a work of art or artifact such as a book or a kitchen implement and transforming it into something else. Marcel Duchamp did this in his readymade art. The work that is created can be wiser, funnier, more elaborate, streamlined and so on when compared with its source. This technique is one which underlies nearly all of his work as an artist. Provenzo takes images and objects and cuts them down, builds them up and merges them with like and unlike things. He makes small things large and vice-versa. It is more than just appropriation. It is instead, a reconceptualization, a rediscovery, of what is there.