Solo Exhibition

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present Eclipse — an exhibition of new work by artist, Rosemarie Fiore. The exhibition marks the artist’s second solo show with the gallery and her first in the city of Los Angeles.
Rosemarie Fiore’s unconventional paintings and drawings are made by exploding and containing live fireworks. She alters and builds devices to harness the chromatic and mark-making effects of smoke bombs to create vividly-colored, multi-dimensional works.
Large-scale abstract pieces boast complex, highly sculptural surfaces that hum with the vigor of experimentation and vibrant imagination. Using a rolling machine of her own invention, Fiore wields burning fireworks like paintbrushes to impart deep blues, rusted oranges and bright magentas onto paper. As the device spins and twists, expressive traces generate in its wake. The process continues with the artist cutting, scoring and tearing the color-drenched material into overlapping circles and lines; creating a dense tapestry that amplifies the firework’s forceful and unpredictable dynamic.
The more intimate pieces focus on the smoke. Here, the artist controls the aggressive burst of the firework to yield minimalist, ethereal compositions that capture the ephemeral footprint of the initial blasts. Clouds of transparent color land in concentric circles and blend with the ease of pastels. A spare collage of cut circle patches intertwine with rhythmic streaks and shimmering grit. In the end, the work is a meditation between machine and artist, chaos and control.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at 310.559.5700 or by email at

Artist Lecture

The Lehman College Art Gallery lecture series.
Special event in Collaboration with Lehman College
Art Department.

October 28, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Solo Exhibition


October 5, 2015- January 6, 2016

reception: October 19, 2015    6-8 pm

Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Rosemarie Fiore: Smoke features Fiore’s Fireworks Drawings and Smoke Paintings, two series of dramatic gestural abstractions that are literally the result of pyrotechnics—primarily color smoke bombs whose exhaust Fiore harnesses using machines she creates. Their lush, saturated colors and lyrical passages result ironically from the power of explosions of things which also can include jumping jacks, monster balls, rings of fire, and lasers.  For Fiore the fireworks and machines offer another approach to mark-making, an alternative form of paint and brush. In earlier work Fiore has adapted and repurposed familiar machines — waffle irons, hand-held kitchen mixers, Subaru rear window wipers, floor polishers, lawnmowers, pinball machines, and carnival rides—mechanizing the process and opening it up to chance and the unexpected. It is a process that lends itself to performance and, in the instance of the “Smoke Painting” series, involves a rhythmic choreography as she directs the machines. The finished works document her movement and interactions with the paper. Built in a succession of many layers, the drawings undergo revisions and editing as the work evolves, balancing chance with volition and unpredictable variables with aesthetic choice.

Benefit Limited Edition Dieu Donne Papermill

Pigmented abaca pulp on cotton base sheet, colored smoke drawing and collage
18 x 18 inches, each
Three variable editions of 5
Individual: unframed $1,800 each or framed: $2,000 each
Set of three: unframed $4,800 or framed $5,400

Dieu Donné announces the release of Smoke Painting Eclipse, three new limited editions in handmade paper by Rosemarie Fiore. The edition is released on the occasion of the 2015 Annual Benefit & Auction, celebrating 25 Years of Artist Residency Programs at Dieu Donné. Fiore was an artist-in-residence in the Workspace Program for emerging, New York State based artists in 2001. 

Collaborating with Artistic Director Paul Wong, Rosemarie Fiore brings together two ancient media (paper and fireworks) that fully incorporate Dieu Donné’s working methods with her own. In the Dieu Donné paper studio, Fiore and Wong created custom sheets of cotton paper, each with a base circle of flourescent abaca pulp in either blue, yellow, or pink. Fiore then used smoke emitting fireworks and a round metal lid Smoke Painting tool to manipulate the color smoke and mark the paper with concentric circles and transparent circular forms. Works in the edition also feature collaged cut circles of smooth, metal-dried paper that were colored by fireworks.

Group Exhibition


Featuring process-based art

Shirley Fiterman Art Center and BMCC are pleased to present Diphthong, an exhibition of process-based abstraction curated by artists Stephen Maine and Gelah Penn. The exhibition will run from September 29 through November 14, 2015. A reception for the artists will be held on the evening of September 29 from 6:00 to 9:00.


In residence this May- June 2015 at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY

Group Exhibition


presented by the Bronx Arts Alliance at the Bronx Museum

featured artist for Lehman College Art Gallery

March 4 - 8
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
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