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Memory Drum

  • James Oliver Gallery 723 Chestnut Street \ Floor 4 Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)
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James Oliver Gallery presents:
Memory Drum // Works by Thomas Paul Raggio
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15th // 6-10PM
September 15 - October 27

James Oliver Gallery cordially invites you to view Memory Drum, a solo exhibition featuring Philadelphia-based artist Thomas Paul Raggio. The Opening Reception will be held the following evening, Saturday, September 15th from 6-10pm. Viewing appointments will begin Thursday, September 13th after 5pm. 

Each of Thomas Paul Raggio’s contemplative works have an individual rhythm and movement. As an acrylic painter with an affinity mathematical constructs and design concepts, Raggio’s use of color, linear and geometric forms seem to vibrate, creating an illusionary landscape of varied afronts to the statistical mind. His work is both deliberate yet loose in connecting the line with color and improvisational memory. Connect with these large scale beauties in James Oliver Gallery! 


Artist Statement:
I contemplate every color, mark, and placement of the line to formulate what I call rhythmic velocities: relationships of color and motion that give life to the composition, creating a heartbeat. I am interested in the duality of math and design: through repetition, a line made of color becomes a rhythmic pattern. This concept is found when composing music, organic landscapes and architectural structures. By referencing these sources, my abstractions transcend their formal components, reaching beyond a minimalist canon. 

My work is composed of hard edges and thin lines set against an abstract field or a pictorial space. Each color has a quickness that is relative to the colors surrounding it; this gives my paintings visual movement and dislocates the viewer. Through linear and geometric forms, my paintings explore design and mathematical concepts found broadly throughout culture. They are improvised from a wide range of sources such as my conversations with scholars in various fields of music, architecture and engineering, my life experiences and travels.

About Thomas Paul Raggio:
Thomas Paul Raggio holds a Four-Year Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Raggio has taught Color Theory, Visual Thinking, and currently Art Appreciation at Rutgers University. He has also lectured Abstract Expressionism, 19th-century American Art, and participated in many programs promoting the visual arts. Thomas has exhibited works nationally and internationally. His works are in private and public collections in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Australia.

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