Anthony Reynolds Gallery is proud and excited to present the first solo exhibition outside the of the work of based artist Peter Gallo.
“A melancholic world-view akin to that of Joy Division” (Matthew Higgs, Frieze, February 2006).
These are works that appeal direct to the emotions but uncomfortably stir the mind. Gallo has the ability to wire up extraordinary material sensitivity with a telling philosophical perception. Disarming musings of mind and matter that linger like incendiary embers.
“…intensely referential work that embraces Freud, Roland Barthes, Dusty , gay pornography and ornithology. Mr. Gallo’s work has an insider-outsider look that can, in other hands, turn precious and generic, but he makes it work.” – Cotter, The New York Times, December 2007
A construction of painterly abstraction is assembled into the Apollo spacecraft, an image landing on its scarred timber surface as gently as Apollo touches down on the surface of the moon. A god created by man. Human enterprise embracing a dream of humanity.
Two little canvas stars, stapled and awkward, hang from twisty wires. In their pastel blue paint, one bears the word ANGUISH, the other UTOPIA. A succinct articulation of the social and political conditions defining modern life.
Stultifera Navis; the ship of fools; fools with dreams and lost souls, flying Dutchmen and Ancient Mariners. A recurring motif in Gallo’s work, the three-masted schooner moving slowly through the waves, picking up thinkers, a vessel for their reflections.
These works have an intensity and intelligence that belies their apparent basic rawness.Gallo has the ability to turn the discarded into the indispensable; the trivial and the fleeting into the profound and the lasting.
With thanks to the Horton Gallery, New York
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