Fresco Remastered + Gold Unchained
Fresco Remastered + Gold Unchained, is a nod to the artists’ shared histories in working with high-end wall finishes: Venetian Plaster being a specific overlap. Loebelsohn worked as a union decorative painter for 15 years, working on locations including the White house and Grand Central Station. Catalanotto specialized as a plaster artisan for 20 years, creating custom installations for clients such as Christie’s Auction House and Chrysler Headquarters. The artists have put in their 10,000 hours to become Masters of these time honored materials and techniques, and are now using them to explore distinct contemporary concepts and aesthetics within their art. However similar their past experiences were in the industry, it is their diverging approaches and theories around the physical manipulation of plaster which sets the two apart.
Loebelsohn’s approach of layering plaster incorporates multiple materials in creating her surfaces, including mica powders, waxes, and oil paints. Her current work highlights her use of gold, as the material appeals to her interest in the transformation of surfaces.
Catalanotto’s approach to manipulating plaster relies heavily on his theory that color has physical properties dictating the order and way in which he applies and employs the colored plaster. This bridging of scientific influence and art ultimately allows him to find ways of working with the plaster as opposed to dominating it, letting it go in directions untethered to a set destination.
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