solo exhibition


January 16 - April 17, 2016

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is very pleased to present the exhibition  Colossus – Rosemarie Fiore: Falk Visiting Artist. Inventive mechanics, choreographed performance, and chance surprises come together in the work of Rosemarie Fiore. For the past fifteen years, the artist has been painting with colored smoke fireworks. Unlike the gunpowder based explosives frequently associated with the term firework, these silent devices release plumes of bright pigments, rather than colored flames. Fiore crafts tools that both hold the smoke canisters and allow her to contain and direct the particles they release. With small versions of these tools, she can work alone, merely tilting her wrist or bending a finger—to guide the smoke across a sheet of paper. With larger tools, she must enlist multiple people to bend, lift, and pull together.

Regardless of her exact tool and process, Fiore’s paintings result from the combination of direction and chance—she selects the color of smoke canister and steers its release, but variances in heat, air current, and rates of combustion ensure that its marks defy prediction.

"The artist is truly working in partnership with her tools and materials," says Curator of Exhibitions Emily Stamey, "and the results are stunning." Stamey also notes that "we are fortunate to be able to present not only these dynamic paintings, but also a selection of the tools Fiore used to create them, and those tools are likewise exciting artworks in their own right."

Until recently, Fiore’s drawings comprised frenetic arrays of dots and dashes, complex fields of marks with vivacious energy. Her more recent paintings, however, offer quieter compositions—just a handful of circular forms appear to hover and pulse rather than dash and dart. These new works invite a more measured, meditative consideration.

Fiore comes to Greensboro as a Falk Visiting Artist. Since 1982 the UNCG Art Department has partnered with the Weatherspoon to bring nationally and internationally recognized artists to campus through this program. While here, Fiore will work closely with UNCG graduate students and give a public lecture about her work.

Rosemarie Fiore received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Her earliest Firework Drawings were developed at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico; the Smoke Eclipse paintings were created at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; and her newest tool, Colossus, was built here at UNCG with help from Art Department faculty and students. She lives in the Bronx and is represented by Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles.

As the Spring 2016 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Fiore will present a lecture about her work and meet with MFA graduate students. Special thanks to Christopher Thomas, Studio Foundations Coordinator, Department of Art, UNCG and the 2014/15 Falk Visiting Artist Committee.


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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