Francesca Gabbiani

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- In a catalogue essay from a couple years back, Benjamin Weissman puts quotes from a diverse gang of writers (ranging from Walter Benjamin to Gaston Bachelard to Virginia Woolfe) into the mouth of a character he calls Madame Gabbiani. Quotes from De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium jump from her lips with the same strange deliberation as a few words on decadence from Gautier’s introduction to Baudelaire’s Les Fleur de Mal. The strange power of the writers invoked reflects well in... [more]
Ominous and Disturbing   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Francesca Gabbiani at Patrick Painter Inc. September 12th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 9/7/09
Patrick Painter Inc. is proud to present an exhibition of recent works by Francesca Gabbiani in our West Gallery at Bergamot Station. Featuring four new pieces of work as well as a selection of works from 2008, this solo exhibition demonstrates Gabbiani’s continued development of her technique and the themes of ambiguity, ornamentation, the ominous and the fantastic. This exhibition features a series of mirror pieces that explore Gabbiani’s interests in voids and portraits, depth and... [more]
Rooms and Forests, Inhabited by Affect Alone   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Francesca Gabbiani at Patrick Painter Inc. September 1st, 2007 - September 29th, 2007
Posted 9/9/07
The visitor to Francesca Gabbiani, Soul Keepers at Patrick Painter West encounters a series of works whose collective affect is a function of proximity. From afar, Gabbiani’s baroquely ornamented, unpopulated scenes read as sinister to a nearly melodramatic degree, defined as they are by certain tropes of impending terror (rustling leaves, flames climbing, candlesticks amidst pitch interiors).  But up close, the viewing experience is entirely reimagined: Those before ominous rooms and forests... [more]
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