Philadelphia artist Paul Santoleri is known for his large-scale paintings
and drawings of imaginary landscapes. His 2-dimensional works on paper are
typically black and white featuring bold black lines that define each
element. The black against the stark
white paper creates a high, graphic contrast. And his densely populated marks
leave little negative space as each object intermingles and flows into the
next. Whether Santoleri is rendering a garden or urban cityscape, the scale,
detail, and density of black lines are mesmerizing.
In Flight Pattern, Santoleri has rendered a
massive feather, the centerpiece of the composition, featuring undulating lines
that he says “suggest the movements created by constant travel.” The feather
floats in the foreground above a smaller-scale cityscape. The viewer’s vantage
point is an aerial view, looking down onto the feather with the cityscape even
further in the distance.