The gallery will present a solo project by Daniel Boccato, a New York-based Brazilian artist, whose solo show at the
gallery, an eye for an eye, was held in November 2015 – January 2016.
Collecting the outlines of commonplace objects and stripping them of narrative and context, Boccato appeals to the
human inclination to perceive and recognize facial features in random patterns and images. The artist’s sense of humor
manifests itself in a series of “faces”—monochromatic wall-mounted sculptures cast in fiberglass-reinforced epoxy
resin, as well as in a new group of works referred to as “parrotpaintings,” pasted on canvas and featuring expressionistic drawings of birds and explicitly feminine figures.
The process of creating “faces” combines drawing, painting and sculpture. Created in several steps using commonplace
materials such as cardboard, sticky tape, industrial paint and tarp, the resulting abstract shapes, with their wrinkles,
indents and protruding elements, suggest anthropomorphic grimaces or sneers—a hint backed by their playful titles.
The “parrotpaintings”, on the other hand, resemble at first a child’s drawings. Sketched freely on paper with pastels,
crayons, watercolors, and markers, and then assembled on linen canvases, they convey condensed, mysterious and
playful subject matters. The resulting juxtapositions of nudes with their ‘pet birds’ mockingly sneer back at us yet again.