Solo Exhibition: Paul Fabozzi — Site Translations September 14 – October 27, 2012 (Exhibition extended)Posted on: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
September 14 – October 27, 2012 (Exhibition extended)
Artist Reception, September 15, 2012
First Friday, October 5, 6 – 8:30
LGTripp Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent works by Paul Fabozzi. This is his fourth solo exhibition with gallerist Luella Tripp.
Paul Fabozzi’s recent series, Site Translations, strays beyond the traditional landscape; each piece is a reflection and conversation between artist and place. Fabozzi draws his audience into an intimate dialogue that goes beyond a casual and fleeting interaction. By employing multiple viewpoints, angles and depths, his intricate compositions are a visual experience of a place in-the-round. Layers of subtle line, shape and color meld together to create complex structures that seen together hint to the essence of their inspiration.
Paul Fabozzi states, “By employing rigorous means of visually dissecting and translating photographic artifacts of my experiences of specific sites in a number of international cities (including Rome, New York, and Istanbul), I am attempting, through the creation of images, to dissolve the (linguistically determined) dichotomies between external and internal, organic and geometric, presentness and memory, thought and feeling.”
Fabozzi’s work is rooted in the emotional and psychological experience of place; he is searching for the human pulse of each specific location. A thread throughout Site Translations is the concept of containment. In works like Corviale #2, Paul Fabozzi explores the complex social and physical constraints of the fortress-like housing complex outside of Rome. Eleven stories high, the formidable Corviale structure stands as an oppressive and abysmal contradiction for its low-income residents: here the issue of overcrowding in the city is simply relocated and contained inside those daunting walls. In this work, sharp diagonals and dense lines sharply divide the picture plane and introduce a density that contrasts with the more delicate and veiled elements of the piece.
Negative space is an important component of the work in Site Translations. Just as a building relates to its surroundings, the open space of Fabozzi’s work represents the world outside of his structures. The Corviale Series reflect the physical and emotional isolation of the building’s inhabitants. However, Fabozzi finds redemption in the void: his boundaries are open and there exists a sense of freedom that allows the viewer to freely traverse in and out.
Paul Fabozzi’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe and is included in numerous private and public collections. Awards include a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Fabozzi, who received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, edited an anthology of writings on contemporary art, titled Artists, Critics, Context: Readings in and around American Art Since 1945 (Prentice-Hall, 2002). He is currently Professor of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in New York City.