Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present new drawings by New York artist Joseph Stashkevetch. The exhibition marks the artist’s sixth presentation with the gallery.

Joseph Stashkevetch is known for his velvety and moody hyperrealistic drawings in black conté crayon, executed on heavy rag paper that has been sanded to soften up its surface for the receipt of smoldering and meticulous mark making. His primarily monochromatic drawings range in subject matter, often with references to nature and mortality such as floral still lives nearing the end of their bloom.

The pursuit of beauty and perfection, that art gives life something higher to imitate, has long been a foundational tenet of artistic practice, but interpretation remains a collaboration between maker and receiver. Echewing the layering and fragmentation of Stashkevetch's recent work, these stark, intimate studies of flora are stripped down to the naked essentials - paper, clay and carbon. By lacerating the surface, the interior of the paper is exposed to a subtle form of manipulation as pulp is removed and conte added. The delicate images of flowers, hovering in a timeless void, occasionally scratched, broken and fading, offer a meditation on the fleeting nature of beauty and life itself.

“The renderings, in conté crayon on heavy rag paper, are lavish feasts for the eye, all velvety, ashy blacks and foggy, smoky grays, lush sensuality from edge to edge. When Stashkevetch compromises these rapturously embellished surfaces, making them heave with exhaustion, he taps into the universal power of mortality itself.”

—Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times

Joseph Stashkevetch was born in 1958. Past solo exhibitions include “Epic” at the Denver Art Museum in 2014. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum. He has been reviewed by Art in America, The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Additionally, his work has frequently been featured in Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. The artist lives and works in New York City.

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present Fumogeno (translated from Italian, fumogeno is a smoke producing substance) — an exhibition of new work by Bronx based artist, Rosemarie Fiore. The exhibition marks the artist’s third solo presentation with the gallery.

Rosemarie Fiore’s unique paintings and drawings are made using the Surrealist invented painting technique of fumage - the act of using smoke for mark-making effects. Fiore’s process of fumage relies upon fabricated tools that allow her to harness the explosion of live fireworks in order to apply the pigmented smoke directly on the surface of paper. Her execution is as much about mark-making as it is about performance. The effect is a unique and vividly-colored surface that exists in a space between chaos and control revealing the dynamic dialog that is present between the two realms.

The works in this exhibition were influenced by Fiore’s recent experience at the Akrai Residency in Sicily. During her residency, she experienced the Sicilian pyrotechnic and confetti festival of La Sciuta di San Sebastiano. In response to her experience, Fiore incorporated confetti during the smoke painting process to many works in Fumogeno. The addition of confetti created a speckled, complex multi-color cloud-like areas that help to create larger unified areas in the work.

“With a unique twist on the notion of mark making, Fiore follows a long-standing tradition of challenging ideas of gestural abstraction - think Frankenthaler’s stains, Stella’s lines, and Twombly’s scrawling graffiti. But to further complicate the argument, the Bronx-based artist uses the mechanical to create stains, lines and scribbled marks combined with the more-meticulous techniques of collage in order to maker own statement.”

—Molly Enholm, Art Ltd.

Rosemarie Fiore received her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo and group exhibitions include: Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; MOCA, Jacksonville, FL; The Fields Sculpture Park OMI, Ghent, NY; The Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, NY and The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been reviewed by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, The Village Voice and New York Magazine.

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