Tondo Art: An Intimate Exhibition of Miniature Paintings is at The Niche Gallery at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut. This exhibition runs from January 27–March 8, 2014. A reception is on Wednesday, February 19th, 5:00–7:00 pm.
Karen Bartone’s series of tondo paintings employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. Picturesque subjects of reflected water lilies, trees, sky and rippled water dislocate viewer’s sense of specificity as they are composed within closely cropped peephole perspectives. The small scale and circular shapes here similarly reference telescopic and magnified slide compositions in as much as the direct landscapes they represent.
Professor Bartone is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.