Debuting March 8th, International Women's Day, Spinello presents Materiality, a Scope New York Special Project featuring a curated selection of works from four artists: Nathalie Alfonso, Nicole Doran, Juana Valdes and Clara Varas.
All four women deal explicitly with tangible, textured materials that figure prominently into their respective practices, specifically related to three-dimensional sculpture and painting. Alfonso’s work is a continuation of her performance during Miami Art Week (at the Brickell City Centre) called Underscore: a meditation on the act of art-making coupled with the routine but necessary act of cleaning; not just pre or post-production, but as a gesture in and of itself. Doran’s Digital Shaman series informs a new suite of abstract paintings, referencing the power of superstition and technological “ritual” in the post-Internet era. Colored China Rags are sculptural works by Valdes which mimic the softness of actual fabric, echo the “softness” and translucency of bone china (versus traditional porcelain), and all the while questioning scales of value and currency in the socio-economic global landscape. Varas works in the tradition of multimedia artists such as Jasper Johns and Lynda Benglis with her Interior/Exterior paintings, as paintings morph into three-dimensional environments just shy of the tableaux vivant persuasion.