Awaken your inner child!
Storytelling is an art form that dates back to the beginning of civilization. My allegorical projects attempt to sequentially lead the viewer through a series of images with both a literal and symbolic interpretation.
We take windows for granted, don't we? After all, aren't they just architectural elements of design? They are portals to allow light, air and sound to pass through. But, they can also be gateways into history with a sense of mystery.
Recently I viewed the Netflix series “Medici: the Magnificent”. The family is well-known for its support of the arts and humanities during the Renaissance in Florence which made it the cultural center of Europe. As a result, I became inspired to want to share some images of mine as a brief celebration of the Florentine Renaissance.
My Latest Publications
I chose many of these photos as abstract, intimate versions of elements within some local scene. My attempt here is not to portray a travelogue. Rather, these are quiet images that you may not have noticed as you hike, walk, or travel throughout the state.
How does one portray the emotional response to, and non-representational spirit of, a new and exotic travel location? During October, 2017, my wife, Jayne, and I visited South Tyrol, Northern Italy. Some of the photos here are iconic while the majority of the images presented require a more intimate exploration of the location. My goal is not to present a definitive study of this location, but rather to provide hopefully a tantalizing glimpse to peak your interest!
What is it that fascinates us about people-watching? We all do it wherever we go. Viewing other people and their activities can produce an amalgamation of reactive experiences within each of us. Perhaps we play a game, as we sit and sip our favorite beverage, and try to imagine what that person’s life is really like.
The Making Of Made In The USA
The making of this series.
My Travel Series
Oh, the places I have been!
What People Are Saying About Jerry’s Art…
Brooks JensenLensWork Magazine Editor/Photographer / LensWork Magazine
When we review submissions here, we either know we want to publish something, or we know we don’t want to publish something. And every once in a while we look at a body of work and just go “wow!” This is fabulous. That was the case with yours. We instantly knew we wanted to publish it…We are also delighted to include one of your images on the cover.
John Paul CaponigroInternationally Renowned Visual Artist / Caponigro Arts
I remember the day when Jerry Grasso lit up. He understood that not only could he become more creative but he was already much more creative than he thought he was. Hard work produces grace, not miracles. Since then, Jerry’s followed through on his creative life with passion and commitment. It’s been delightful to see his work grow and be celebrated in exhibitions and publications.
Mallorie OstrowitzFine Art Photographer / Ostrowitz Photography
Jerry has been one of my most dedicated students; he is open to learning new approaches, accepted criticism and progressed exponentially. Jerry followed through with exceptional commitment to all projects he was given, and as a result, has fine tuned his talent and now produces such high quality of work that he was accepted by LensWork magazine.
Stan MarchutFine Art Photographer / Brown Dog Studios
The visual artistry of Jerry Grasso caught my attention ten years ago. I bought an image and then a book. The creative energy that continues to drive his aesthetic development is fascinating. His images have cycled through periods of abstraction and stark realism, but always maintain an optical complexity. They engage the eye with a physical presence as art objects but also trigger moods and emotions in the mirror of imagination.
Troy AlmeidaPhotography Enthusiast
I appreciate what you [say] about finding your inner child, being imaginative, and not seeing everything in black & white. You talk about people seeing your work in galleries but then not being able to describe what they saw, and I realized I'm guilty of those things, too. I don't always know how to view art, and I don't look at [your art] deeply enough to really "see" it, if that makes any sense. Once I really looked at it deeply, it definitely helped me to appreciate the extreme detail of the architecture. It really did force me to slow down and LOOK at them. I enjoyed that very much.