Thursday evening I made the rounds going to galleries in Chelsea and Soho for three separate solo exhibits each featuring an artist who I’ve previously met. Included was Nancy Margolis Gallery and the work of artist Gina Ruggeri.
Gina makes acrylic paintings on Mylar that are installed and interact with the wall itself by creating illusions of environment and expose the possibility of excavation. For this particular exhibit, her first solo at Nancy Margolis, she has made work that is both organic and mechanical.
My favorite is the piece above which I’m guessing started as the drawing below. The perpendicular relationship feels mathematical yet also channels a crucifix in space. After recently watching Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte (trailer below) at Film Forum, I couldn’t help but think of the ritualistic role that trees have played in ceremonial occurrences throughout the ages.
Gina Ruggeri, is on view at Nancy Margolis until June 4th, 2011.
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