Continuum

An abstractionist to the core, Rico Lascano hardly remembers ever painting in the representational vein. Though classically trained in the
Fine Arts and steeped for decades in the image-ridden world of advertising, the artist continually seeks refuge and finds aesthetic
solace in the non-representational realm, known as abstraction, non-objective, or non-figurative art. While a rebuke to physical, observable reality, Lascano’s abstraction is nonetheless inseparable from the elements: water, air, earth. Through his formless abstractions, the artist summons sensations of celestial space as an equivalent to spiritual idylls. Bodies of water such as ponds, streams, and rivers aspire to a meditative condition, an effortlessness of connection with emotions, summoned by sensations of Zen space, without a single fixed viewpoint. Lascano’s works are transfixed in physical space only as a state of “no-mindness.”

Viewing the works of Lascano has a cleansing, bracing effect on the human spirit, pleasurable in its pure lyricism. The viewer is never
constrained to seek for its subject matter or theme, since there are no images that anchor the mind towards a specific interpretation. Still, one does not feel disconnected from the works, indeed, strangely, even succumbing to their spiritual and poetic possibilities. Lascano’s is an art that refuses to yield its immediate meaning, but rather, like light from the skies, dispenses its own quiet and serene illumination. “Continuum” adverts to Lascano’s slowly evolving art, as a journey through time, and abiding by the words of the poet T. S. Eliot:

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Despite two decades of successive exhibitions, Rico Lascano’squest for boundless space endures and continues…

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