Antonio Petracca’s new exhibition 10 is a journey that started with 9/11. Like many others, 9/11 had a direct and profound effect on the artist. Displaced and living in a hotel, Petracca felt compelled to begin a new series of paintings that responded to this horrific event. In September 2002, this work was exhibited at the Kim Foster Gallery. His mission was to depict the destruction and the sense of great loss and, more importantly, the can-do spirit of rebuilding and renewal that most New Yorkers felt at the time.
With the 10th anniversary upon us, Petracca felt it was time to revisit the spot where his journey began. The new work depicts the rebuilding that is now visible at Ground Zero. This sense of finally moving forward is articulated in WT Corner V, in which two new buildings emerge victoriously with only a partial reflection of a crane. The work is best expressed as the tension between the representation of a site and the abstraction that evolves in the manner in which it is cropped to focus our attention on the relevant information. For years, we have been tantalized by the construction going on elsewhere in the City. On this 10th anniversary, it appears that the architectural design plans that have been plastered around the area of Ground Zero is becoming realized.