MURMURS, an exhibition of recent epoxy resin paintings by Eric Finzi that explore the emotional narratives of couples, will be on view at CultureFix gallery from May 20 through June 19, 2011. Presented by Sloan Fine Art Projects, the exhibition, Finzi’s fourth solo show in New York, will open with a reception on May 20 from 8:30-10 p.m.
What thoughts and emotions lie behind our facial expression? How do we reconcile feelings that don’t match our faces? For painter Eric Finzi, the answer in his haunting portraits of couples is never what it seems. Whether the happy lover frowns in the mirror or morphs into a suppressed alter ego, the emotional meaning of the glance is unclear. These emotional narratives invite closer inspection only to disappear into chaotic whirls of paint and watery narcissus reflections.
With each new painting, Finzi uses his studio as a laboratory in an exacting experiment in which time, temperature and the polymerization of resins and pigments each play a distinct role in paintings that feel organic and continue to puzzle long after they are first viewed.
In describing his manipulation of his toxic medium of choice, Finzi says, “the resin ends up doing a lot of the painting; it has its own intelligence. The thermodynamics of polymerization result in a certain chaotic type of order when you put pigment into it.”
Writer David Cleveland has described Finzi’s paintings as “echo chambers of the mind, where time and personality hang suspended: permeable as memory ... voices recalled in dreams. His work is Proustian in its depths and poetic evocations of memory on the verge of dissolution.”
Eric Finzi has shown his paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and art fairs in New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix. Most recently his work was on view at the Katonah Museum of Art, and in a solo show at the Scope Art Fair-New York.
More about Eric Finzi is at ericfinzi.com
CultureFix is located at 9 Clinton Street between Stanton & E Houston, NYC, 10002, 646.863.7171, culturefixny.com
Sloan Fine Art Projects (SFA Projects) is a division of Sloan Fine Art Gallery located at 128 Rivington Street (corner of Norfolk Street), New York, NY 10002. 212.477.1140, sfaprojects.com