On Paper, July 9 – August 13, 2016
Elements, January 10 – February 21, 2015
Vincent Como: Paradise Lost, May 10 – June 15, 2013
Neither Here nor There but Anywhere and Everywhere, June 22 – August 11, 2012
MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Multiple Cultural Venues, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 15 – April 30, 2012
Vincent Como (b. 1975, Kittanning, PA; lives Brooklyn, NY) has exhibited his work throughout the United States and abroad, including in Mexico, England, and Vienna. Recent solo and group exhibition include Art in General, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Momenta (all NYC); Samson Projects (Boston, MA); Illinois State Museum (Lockport, IL); Western Exhibitions, University of Illinois (both Chicago, IL); Evanston Art Center (Evanston, IL); SPACES (Cleveland, OH); Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI); Art Museum of the University of Memphis (Memphis, TN); and House Gallery (Salt Lake City, UT), among many others.
Como’s work has been discussed in publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant, Progress Report, WagMag, The Boston Phoenix, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Journal, and Salt Lake Tribune, among others. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH).
The focus of my artistic practice is an engagement with and investigation into Black, as presented through a predominantly two-dimensional aesthetic. This includes but is not limited to: black as proprietary color/pigment – the mark used for description or obfuscation, black as darkness – the phenomena or event of light’s absence, and black as matter – the physical manifestation of objecthood, including black holes and universal dark matter. The research and source information which fuel the ideas in this work crosses multiple disciplines and approaches from the canon of art history – particularly modernism and the successes and failures therein; esoteric, occult and other ceremonial practices; nihilist philosophy – as well as some cross-theoretical ideas seen in the current trends of object oriented ontology and speculative realism; and finally, elements of quantum mechanics and astrophysics. The common denominator and unifying factor in all of these is rooted in some form of belief, and the human capacity for prehension, or divining relations with any external entity.