David Amato creates large-scale minimal abstract works on canvas in his Long Island City studio. He begins by developing an original 10x16-foot oil and acrylic painted template. Once complete, this painted template is photographed on 8"x11" transparency film then run though a drum scanner, creating a digital 1.2 gigabyte digital file. Using a Mac Pro, he duplicates the original image, flips the image scan along its x-y axis, then recomposes the resulting mirror images and the original into one file that he prints out on 8 x 13 foot canvas using an archival ink jet process. Subsequent original paintings are created by rotating, mirror imaging, and multiplying the scanned image and then repeating the process. A series of 12 original editioned works that progress in dimensionality and pattern evolve from multiplying and re-multiplying the initial four part images.
Taking up to seven months each to complete, the original paintings serve as templates and are not the final work. Each canvas is composed using a grid derived completely by chance: the placement of gridlines is determined by rolling of dice; their shade and width (from black and wide, to light grey and narrow) are both calculated using the Golden Ratio. Their interior colors are determined from a color code configuration. Bursts are systematically added to the grid using an inverted funnel and paint coated balls of varying sizes, from pachinko up to pool balls.
David Amato graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was mentored by Libby Lumpkin and attended classes taught by David Hickey. David has exhibited solo at the Las Vegas Government Center and won the grand prize for sculpture while a student at the Community College of Southern Nevada. He grew up in Covina, California and lives in Queens with his family.