Sunday, April 08, 2012

Vincent Falsetta: The Index Cards

Full view installation of Index Cards, Reading Room
My art review repost for a show in December 2011

Vincent Falsetta has work up all over town, but you will learn more about his process as an artist through the show at The Reading Room, Dallas. 500x has a few painting studies on museum board and Conduit Gallery has some of his paintings, but the show at The Reading Room has row upon row of cards full of Falsetta’s thoughts and information on his art process.

Once I visited Falsetta in his studio, which is a large barn behind his house. We talked about his work for his up coming solo show (now past) at Conduit. He showed me his process cards for his large and small paintings. Falsetta expressed that he saw these cards as individual art works in and of themselves, and I have to agree. These art works are full of interesting moments in his life as well as his process in making art. These cards are studies and not studies, because the cards first act as helping him create his paintings, but then the cards become an archive of Falsetta’s thoughts and a recording of a moment in time. The cards give you insight, but like his paintings, there still is a mystery that shrouds the work. After all, these are brain storms that don’t necessarily give a full picture. The mistakes are laid bare along with the successfully implemented work. The notes don’t always add up to a clear picture.

I imagine that the exhibition looks as if you stepped into a 1960’s Fluxus art show. Process was art and Falsetta continues this tradition with an almost obsessive quality. These index cards are not just your store bought fair, but the cards are custom made by printmaker Bill Thomson, right down to the printed blue lines and hand punched holes. The walls hold 300 unique cards that are very engaging. The cards include writings, sometimes charts and many times drawings. I would compare the work to a “Slice of Life,” style of non-fiction. Each card is like a chapter in Falsetta’s life, so really the Reading Room has on display is his autobiography.

The Index Cards: Vincent Falsetta show runs through December 31st at the Reading Room. Just head down to Fair Park area and you will find this small art laboratory on 3715 Parry Avenue. In order to see the show, you need to make an appointment through email at Also, Don’t miss his work, close by at 500x, where you will see a few painting studies on museum board up until January 8th. Then, jump across town to see Falsetta’s paintings at Conduit Gallery, which comes down December 31.

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