Contrasting Methods Activate Contessa Gallery’s Art Southampton Presentation
Prominently featured are works by
The remaining pieces on view, by
Masterfully self-aware, Mr. Brainwash and Drebin remix the languages of ubiquitous contemporary imagery. Mr. Brainwash continues the mashups of
Datuna and Cenazandotti focus their sculptural works on the buildup of material, using nontraditional media to create recognizable forms. The menacing loom of Cenazandotti’s polar bear is nullified as one notices that the character is literally made of innocuous found objects “from the sea.” Datuna’s American flag and Marilyn Monroe glitter are layered with eyeglasses and Swarovski crystals, allegorizing an outsider’s attempt to see these American icons more clearly.
“The lenses symbolically express individual identity, illusion, perception, fragmentation, and unification,” the artist has explained. Both pieces are part of his “Viewpoint of Billions,” an interactive series that was recently shown at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Contessa at Art Southampton gives a wide range of options, allowing room for interpretation of work that can resonate on many levels depending on the viewer. Offering a little something for everyone, the booth truly exemplifies the gallery’s “collector-oriented” mission.
Visit Contessa Gallery at Art Southampton 2015, July 9–12, 2015