Reception: Friday, May 20th, 2011, 5-8pm
Hours: Mon – Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5
Jackson, WY – Tayloe Piggott Gallery announces an upcoming solo exhibition with recent paintings by internationally renowned contemporary artist Caio Fonseca. Gallery owner/director Tayloe Piggott is thrilled to present a body of work she hand-picked while visiting Fonseca’s New York studio in March, saying “The group of paintings chosen for the show are highlights from Caio’s personal collection.” A catalogue of the show is being published; it will be the first catalogue to be published by the gallery.
Fonseca’s achieves his reductive abstract paintings by creating layered compositions. Underpaintings of varying shapes and lines, both geometric and gestural, are partially obscured with large swaths of a single solid color. The result creates a dynamic pushing and pulling between negative and positive space, and allows the viewer to peer through the layers and see hints of the process below. He uses a range of tools including kitchen utensils, string and writing implements to create texture in the surface. In all of his works, the shapes convey movement with a rhythm and balance that calls to mind a musical sense of harmony and lyricism. Fonseca has said of his work, “We all have contradictions, mine show up in the miracle of colors housed in a fierce structure.”
Caio Fonseca, American, born 1959, was raised in New York. His father was eminent Latin American sculptor Gonzalo Fonseca and his mother was also an artist. Fonseca left Brown University after his freshman year to study painting in Barcelona, where he lived until 1983. During this period he devoted himself to studying figurative painting. He later moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he lived for four years and developed the abstract style he works in today, and then Paris for before returning to New York in 1989. Fonseca now splits his time between his two studios in Pietrasanta and downtown Manhattan. His work is held in numerous important public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.