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Masters &\; Pelavin is pleased to present Thro ugh the Thicket of Things\, the artist’s first solo exhibition with th e gallery. In a series of abstract collages\, Gaeta uses graph paper as her primary medium and main source of inspiration. Although her geometric cons tructions are painstakingly hand-cut\, carefully layered and precisely orde red within their rectangular formats\, the overall compositions have an int riguing energy\, depth\, and visual complexity.

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After fi nding countless boxes of old graph paper in a trash bin\, Gaeta began using it for her drawings. Soon\, however\, she discovered that cutting the pape r along it’s gridded lines with an X-Acto blade and removing small sections of the graph was a process that opened up new artistic possibilities. Alth ough occasionally her work looks as though the paper may have been machine cut\, a closer look reveals her precise\, labor-intensive process\, with sp ontaneous\, hand-made imperfections evident in the highly detailed work.  < /p>\n

By its very nature\, graph paper contains at least two p erpendicular sets of lines forming a square grid\, inviting activities such as three-dimensional drafting. Using this flat-surfaced grid as the jumpin g off point\, Gaeta builds the illusion of depth with minimalist paper squa res and cubes that have been glued flat against the graph paper. At the sam e time\, she creates literal depth by building up layers of paper upon vari ous shapes\, raising and precariously overlapping them\, adding height and volume to the geometric configurations. The boldness of these vivid\, color ful designs\, coupled with the delicate\, tessellated nature of the thinly cut paper\, create striking sculptural patterns that evoke a range of craft s\, such as crochet\, weavings\, mosaics and architectural renderings.

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Much of the work in this show was\, in fact\, inspired by ar chitecture\, particularly the empty\, dilapidated buildings near Gaeta’s ho metown of Niagra Falls\, New York. Recalling the broken factory windows and rusting exteriors\, many of the small collages in this show evoke a sense of uninhabited space and industrial decline\, while her larger pieces tend toward proliferation and renewal. Her use of graph paper and the strict\, s ystematic nature of architectural drafting it elicits are juxtaposed with w orn\, broken down materials such as ragged-edged paper\, perforated vellum\ , wood veneers and flaking paint in luscious hues\, suggesting an elegant a nd 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 man y of the paper’s former 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 recent graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Art &\ ; Design\, Gaeta currently lives and works in New York City

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\n LOCATION:Masters & Pelavin (currently closed )\,111 FRONT ST \nNew York\, N Y 11201 SUMMARY:Through the Thicket of Things\, Patricia Gaeta END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20161209T143415Z UID:278141 DTSTART:20130613T180000 DTEND:20130613T200000 LOCATION:Masters & Pelavin (currently closed )\,111 FRONT ST \nNew York\, N Y 11201 SUMMARY:Through the Thicket of Things\, Patricia Gaeta END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR