Sunday, April 13, 2014
Posted by Aubrey Levinthal
I've been discussing ad nauseam the idea of making a lot of work that is generated simply from looking around your life and investigating the same subject thoroughly. Its something I think about in my own studio but mainly something I have been pushing my students to understand. They always want their work to be about something that has never been done, but I keep telling them everything has and its a matter of them approaching looking and the world in their own way.
Anthony Palocci Jr. is a fantastic example of this type of investigation. Moving from the things in his life like dirty dishes and refrigerators to the repetitive shadows of an oven rack he has richly complex paintings that vary in color, structure and scale. The progression of these works is very interesting and apparent, moving organically, it seems you can almost watch him look at the work, reflect and then work again. Looking at and questioning these few forms in his surroundings and how to represent them or use them generated a mine of questions that has years of exploration embedded in it. Students -- take note!