Ana Cristea Gallery is pleased to present “Very Similitude,” the first solo exhibition by American artist Luke Diiorio, showing from April 4 – May 11, 2013.
Diiorio addresses the physical process of making with an exquisite lyricism that can only be born of artistic maturity. By questioning the fundamental roles assigned to form, material and content, his work poses critical questions which seem simultaneously obvious and radical: Under what circumstances do two distinct materials operate in harmony? In opposition? As one?
Following in the footsteps of artists like Robert Ryman and Blinky Palermo, Diiorio departs from many preconceived processes. Instead of placing the emphasis on extending the limits that define form and material, his paintings extend our knowledge and awareness of those limits to produce a more acute sensitivity and to elicit an intrinsic response to the works.
Aluminum, canvas, linen and wood are merely finite materials; however, the painter’s ability to manipulate our perception of these things extends far beyond the simplicity of their physicality. Diiorio’s presentation of everyday materials forces us to second-guess their origin.
Many of the works exude a chameleon-like quality. Diiorio begins with the unfamiliar, an undirected creation. By working from something that he does not quite know how to achieve, he uncovers a result which reflects a truer reality. Born of the unconscious, the familiar and expected are shuffled. The ensuing aesthetic vision is a product of accident, negotiation and failure.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Opening reception to be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 – 8pm
Ana Cristea Gallery
521 West 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
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