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Los Angeles

Frank Pictures Gallery

Exhibition Detail
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Santa Monica, CA 90404


January 9th, 2009 - March 11th, 2009
Opening: 
February 21st, 2009 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Untitled (Head 11), 2008, David FlorimbiDavid Florimbi, Untitled (Head 11), 2008,
Oil on Canvas, 20x16
Untitled (Head 3) 2008, David FlorimbiDavid Florimbi, Untitled (Head 3) 2008,
Oil on Canvas, 10x8
Untitled (Head 10), 2008, David FlorimbiDavid Florimbi, Untitled (Head 10), 2008,
Oil on Canvas, 24x20
Untitled (Head 12), 2008, David FlorimbiDavid Florimbi, Untitled (Head 12), 2008,
Oil on Canvas, 20x16
Untitled (Head 14), 2008, David FlorimbiDavid Florimbi, Untitled (Head 14), 2008,
Oil on Canvas, 24x20
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In David Florimbi’s 2007 exhibition at Frank Pictures, noted critic Donald Kuspit singled out Untitled (Head) as a “tour-de-force of emotional expression,” which can be seen as a kind of an irony, since the image is almost entirely erased.  He also points to a curious use of the appropriation of classical Renaissance forms towards a postmodernist end.  This was most notable in how the image of the face was, in fact, a reduction or distillation of the essence of the subject.  Appropriating form and then minimizing the subject through subtraction also references Robert Rauschenberg’s, 1953 “Erased de Kooning Drawing.”  In Florimbi’s new show “Portraits” he investigates these same notions.  His own erasures leave a longing and intuitive understanding of what remains.  The key to this work is about that which is left out, that which is not spoken, the negative space from which one infers understanding.  In these  ‘portraitless-portraits,’ we find in their void the essence of the enigmatic complexities of the sitter without ever having known the subject.


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