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ANAT EBGI: Nicholas Pilato - 10 Jan 2015 to 21 Feb 2015

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10 Jan 2015 to 21 Feb 2015
Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 5
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Nicholas Pilato, something like a spider, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
75 x 65 inches


Artists in this exhibition: Nicholas Pilato


Nicholas Pilato

January 10 - February 21, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, January 10, from 6-8PM

 
A painting is like a wall with cracks
passion is accumulation
so not until the wall settles
do the materials reveal themselves
in the ruinous tectonics of the cracks
the blinding veil of limewash is drawn aside
 
— Per Kirkeby
 
 
Anat Ebgi is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of New York based artist Nicholas Pilato, opening on January 10 and on view through February 21, 2015.

For his solo exhibition, Pilato debuts a series of paintings consisting of concrete and oil paint on canvas. Each work combines gritty textures and a rich color palette evoking nature and organic substances. The paintings are material compositions, disrupted through varying phases of deterioration, abrasion, and formal displacement. The canvases are scraped and broken down into abstract gestures and diffuse patterning. This excavation creates surfaces of raw texture and color, invoking aspects of sedimentation, erosion and industrial decay.

Alongside the concrete and oil paintings, Pilato introduces compositions of hand-glazed commercial tiles. Undermining the minimalist relationship to the grid, the glossy surface of the ceramic paintings are more reminiscent of Roman glass vessels which reveal their luminosity through centuries of decomposition. In a further exploration of abstraction, these sensuous surfaces contrast the pitted matte painting on canvas.

Pilato’s work blurs the distinction between material incident and artist intervention. In the vein of Pierre Bonnard’s relationships between color and memory, the lyrical abstraction refrains from any direct representation—seeking to engage the viewer’s perception through displacement and familiarity. The idiosyncrasy of the work suspends any immediate tangibility, and instead invites multiple meanings to be drawn upon the textures, color, light, and materials that are pushed together with the artist’s distinct tempo and vitality.

Nicholas Pilato (b. 1986) lives and works in New York and received his MFA from Rutgers University, New Jersey in 2013. Recent exhibitions include group shows at IDEA Miami, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Michael Jon Gallery, Detroit and Museo Britanico Americano in Mexico City. Upcoming exhibition include a group show with Bryce Wolkowitz, New York and a solo presentation with Anat Ebgi at Miart, Milan in April.


For more information please call the gallery (310) 838-2770 or email Stefano di Paola: stefano@anatebgi.com . Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm. 


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