Exhibition

Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater

8 Jun 2018 – 22 Jul 2018

Event times

Thursday - Sunday, 1-6pm

Cost of entry

Free

Victori + Mo

New York
New York, United States

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The exhibition, which marks Guadagnoli's solo debut with the gallery, will open on June 8 and will remain on view through July 22, 2018. The show will feature a series of high-spirited abstractions, and sculptures, which reference her custom shaped canvases.

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Guadagnoli’s three-dimensional wall-based constructions are firmly rooted within the historical context of geometric design through disparate influences as Egyptian hieroglyphics, Islamic and Gothic stained glass, Bauhaus and Swahili architecture, Art Deco and The Memphis Group.

Inspired by the patterns and surfaces which recollect the gaudy carpets, seating, and walls found in the waiting rooms and airports, casinos and movie theaters of decades past, Guadagnoli’s work suggests a deliberately ambiguous nostalgia—some works may recall the '80s and '90s, others the '50s and '60s. The past and present are combined and act as reminders of what we were, who we are, and who we might become.

Assertively jutting from the wall (often by more than a half-foot), her multi-paneled sculptural paintings break from the traditional picture frame, effectively blurring the line between painting and object. In conjunction with painted canvas, her work employs varied unorthodox materials including: printed fabric, upholstery, and polyurethane foam. These brazen, playful abstractions resist art-historical distinctions between high and low usually associated with serious contemporary painting.

The boisterous physicality of her shaped canvases meld the geometric and the abstract, revealing a brash, dissonant visual language. Their eye-popping sunburned anti-aesthetic challenges formal assumptions regarding taste, exclusivity, and social engineering.

At a distance, her work appears both as an improvisatory and homogenous whole. Only up close does the viewer become aware of the intensively constructed panels and an unexpected formal exuberance.

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Curators

Ed Victori

Celine Mo

Exhibiting artists

Leah Guadagnoli

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