text and interview with the artist by Stephen Foster
Gerald Giamportone is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, and although he has exhibited widely across the US and in other European countries such as Austria, his work has not been shown or documented before in Britain
Whilst still reflecting the central issues of formalism, the work of Gerald Giamportone extends those ideas by looking at opposing concepts such as fragility and strength, temporality and timelessness. The works bring together seemingly unconnected materials from both the natural world and industry; combining neoprene, talc, formica and polycarbonate sheeting, with naturally occurring elements such as wood, cork, rose petals, thorns or leaves. The works are presented in a number of ways, ranging from floor pieces to table top works to wall-based photographic prints.