Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State University, Beardshear Hall
The paintings of Michael Brangoccio depict animals and objects in unfamiliar contexts within surreal and luminescent sceneries. By depicting unusual circumstances he can provoke the viewer and make them question what is happening in each painting, using their own life experiences to relate to the scenes in front of their eyes. The intensely beautiful animals speak to the human condition, representing the struggles and joys found in everyday life. Brangoccio employs a unique method in the creation of his paintings, using multiple layers of acrylic paint upon a canvas, then aggressively thumps and knocks the canvas around creating cracks and chips throughout the layers of paint. This addition and subtraction gives the painting texture and a crackled finish which adds to the sense of emotion and surreal imagery he has painted.