Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present "Emotion," paintings, installation & sculpture by Eric Finzi. In his fourth solo exhibition in New York, Eric Finzi utilizes a variety of innovative forms to explore a single historical subject, Augustine.
Institutionalized for hysteria at the notorious Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris in the 1870’s, Augustine was subjected to experimental therapies and lengthy, staged photographic documentation of her seizures. She eventually escaped the female psychiatric ward disguised as a man and was never seen or heard from again. But 140 years later photographic proof of her “treatment” still exists.
Inspired by this haunting imagery, Eric Finzi examines Augustine’s plight in paintings, sculpture and installations created from epoxy resin combined with pigment, dirt and other natural materials. The resulting mixed media compositions depict the disturbing plight of the teenaged patient while highlighting themes of danger, dynamism, fear and loss. The evocative and haunting works — created with the influence of heat, cold, wind and gravity — appear as charged and uncontrollable in subject matter as they are in their medium.
Prominent art writer, curator, and novelist David Cleveland observes, “the original wet Collodion photographs of Augustine have been transmogrified under Finzi’s skilled hands, as if something of the mystery and pathos inherent in the subject has been set free – translated into another medium, almost as if the spirit of Augustine herself has emerged through a glass darkly.”
Eric Finzi is an accomplished artist, author, researcher and medical doctor. He has mounted over a dozen solo exhibitions in the United States at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Mark Wolfe Contemporary in San Francisco and Dadian Gallery in Washington, DC to name a few. He has participated in group exhibitions worldwide. One of Washington, D.C.’s most renowned dermatological surgeons, he has studied the effects of physical expression on our emotional state for nearly two decades. The result of this fascination, "The Face of Emotion: How Botox Affects Our Mood and Relationships," was published by Palgrave-MacMillan in January 2013. Finzi and his work have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, London Times, Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and SFAQ.