Anthony Palocci Jr. '09: Seeing Things
August 23 – September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 5pm – 8pm
Artist Talk: September 17, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Anthony Palocci Jr., Empty Fridge, 2012, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Phone Call, 2013, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Bottled Water, 2013, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Keypad, 2013, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Dishes In The Sink, 2012, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Stove Top, 2012, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Face Down, 2014, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci, Jr., Corner, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., Chair, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., TV, Oil on canvas
Anthony Palocci Jr., TV, Gouache on paper
If you stare at something long enough it will start to look unfamiliar, alien even. Anthony Palocci Jr. paints ordinary things in such a way that they seem foreign. Whether an object is tightly cropped or viewed at a distance, in the light or masked by a shadow, he just sees things differently. Seeing Things presents a mixed media collection of work connecting the relationships between things if you stop to really look.
Palocci has described his subject matter as “blue collar” in that they are common, run of the mill objects (keypads, the kitchen sink, shadows cast across a room). But he does not just paint them, he deconstructs their every plane. Palocci’s perspective is push and pull, zooming in and out to change the perspective of each object. For some, the subject is cropped just enough to abstract their commonalities. Others are an entire form that make connections between the two, pulling it all together. Something as basic as a keypad appears dynamic and geometrical through Palocci’s eyes.
One wall of Seeing Things gathers a collection of oil and charcoal details of a keypad. Each key’s presentation is minimal, allowing it to “breath” on its own. The wall directly facing the fluid thread of pale greens and blues of the keys, provides insight into Palocci’s studio practice and how he sees his subject matter through various stages of production. For example, Chair (2012) is a tightly cropped view of the back of a wooden chair. Line and after line, the back slats of the chair give way to luminous shades of yellow and orange. Now look to the left, where a tiny paper study of a chair in full view hangs. Near this, Sink (2012) portrays a kitchen faucet. Its cane neck mirrors the shadow of a finger pressing a key on the charcoal sketch just beside it.
This is how Palocci sees things. He views relationships of form, shape and shadow all around us. Palocci often stops to take a snapshot of a completely arbitrary space such as an air conditioning grate or a corner shadow, recognizing their potential for intrigue. The objects and scenes themselves are not what sticks out (although they are beautiful) because it’s not what Palocci sees, it’s how he paints it.
Anthony Palocci Jr. lives and works in Boston, MA. He received his BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA in 2009 and his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast at locations including et al Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Lot F Gallery (Boston, MA) and LAP Projects (Waltham, MA). In 2013 Palocci was selected for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum annual Biennial. He has received press from Temporary and Bridge, Art in America and The Boston Globe to name a few. Palocci currently teaches at MassArt (Boston, MA) and Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA).
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