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Masters &\; Pelavin is pleased to present Through the Thicket of Things\, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. In a se ries of abstract collages\, Gaeta uses graph paper as her primary medium an d main source of inspiration. Although her geometric constructions are pain stakingly hand-cut\, carefully layered and precisely ordered within their r ectangular formats\, the overall compositions have an intriguing energy\, d epth\, and visual complexity.

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After finding countless bo xes of old graph paper in a trash bin\, Gaeta began using it for her drawin gs. Soon\, however\, she discovered that cutting the paper along it’s gridd ed lines with an X-Acto blade and removing small sections of the graph was a process that opened up new artistic possibilities. Although occasionally her work looks as though the paper may have been machine cut\, a closer loo k reveals her precise\, labor-intensive process\, with spontaneous\, hand-m ade imperfections evident in the highly detailed work.  

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By its very nature\, graph paper contains at least two perpendicular sets of lines forming a square grid\, inviting activities such as three-dimensio nal drafting. Using this flat-surfaced grid as the jumping off point\, Gaet a builds the illusion of depth with minimalist paper squares and cubes that have been glued flat against the graph paper. At the same time\, she creat es literal depth by building up layers of paper upon various shapes\, raisi ng and precariously overlapping them\, adding height and volume to the geom etric configurations. The boldness of these vivid\, colorful designs\, coup led with the delicate\, tessellated nature of the thinly cut paper\, create striking sculptural patterns that evoke a range of crafts\, such as croche t\, weavings\, mosaics and architectural renderings.

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Muc h of the work in this show was\, in fact\, inspired by architecture\, parti cularly the empty\, dilapidated buildings near Gaeta’s hometown of Niagra F alls\, New York. Recalling the broken factory windows and rusting exteriors \, many of the small collages in this show evoke a sense of uninhabited spa ce and industrial decline\, while her larger pieces tend toward proliferati on and renewal. Her use of graph paper and the strict\, systematic nature o f architectural drafting it elicits are juxtaposed with worn\, broken down materials such as ragged-edged paper\, perforated vellum\, wood veneers and flaking paint in luscious hues\, suggesting an elegant and ordered decay. 

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As Gaeta herself explains\, “The use of graph paper is less common today as computer software has taken over many of the paper’s f ormer uses. I want to go back to those humble uses\, to a hand-made\, craft -based art that eventually breaks down and deteriorates\, but is ultimately more tactile\, engaging and visually pleasurable.” 

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A r ecent graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Art &\; Design\, Gaeta c urrently lives and works in New York City

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