The First Street Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Twisted: The Plasticity of Form paintings by contemporary artist Joseph D’Esposito on April 24. The show continues through May 19.
An action Hero is defined in mythology and legend, as a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods. In Twisted: The Plasticity of Form Joseph D’Esposito brings us iconic action heroes from our pop culture.
These plastic figures have a story to tell us. Some of his models are Xena, Hercules, Captain Kirk, and Spock. There are biceps and bulges with super heroic proportions. The background has bright yellow burst and uses naive typography that references comic books. The paint acts as a collage with textures on a panel. Some are constructed in sexualized erotic poses that refer to the art of the Surrealist Hans Bellmer. Unlike Bellmar who sets his figures up in a political context, D’Esposito sets his action figures up in a way to poke fun at our culture while also praising it.
Robert Long writing in the east Hampton Star, reviewing an exhibition at the Parrish Museum characterized D’Esposito’s work by remarking that “he wishes he saw more paintings that can hold the viewers interest like this” Eileen Watkins from the Star Ledger describes his still life of a typewriter from a previous show as a “domestic subject.”
Mr. D’Esposito has exhibited extensively on the East Coast in such venues as The Parrish Art Museum, Southhampton, N.Y: National Academy of Design, N.Y; First Street Gallery, N.Y; The Museum of the City of New York, N.Y; Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon; Uni Bank, N.Y; Cineric Inc., N.Y; are just some of the collections that Mr. D’Esposito’s paintings are now in. He also apprenticed at Continuity Associates with legendary comic book artist Neal Adams.