I would be happy to see you at Pocket Utopia Gallery next Sunday, 3 March,
6-8pm, for the opening of my solo exhibition, *Twilit Ensembles*.
If you can’t make it that gathering, perhaps you’ll have a chance to stop
by in subsequent weeks. It will be on view through 21 April.
With warm regards, and* mille grazie*,
Henry Street between Clinton and Jefferson Streets in New York City. *
For Immediate Release
*Paul D’Agostino: Twilit Ensembles*
Exhibition dates: March 3 – April 21, 2013
*Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3, 6pm – 8pm*
Gallery hours: 11am-6 pm, Wednesday-Sunday
Paul D’Agostino, *Floor Translations* (studio view), 2012-13, sizes
variable, charcoal on paper.
Paul D’Agostino, *Floor Translations, Sculptures* (studio view), 2013,
sizes variable, acrylic and polymer on resin.
Pocket Utopia is pleased to present *Twilit Ensembles*, a solo exhibition
of new paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages by Paul D’Agostino.
Creating sets within series, stories across drawings, sculptures out of
characters, and settings from paintings, the poet and artist Paul
D’Agostino employs narrative relationships within and throughout his works
that are sometimes in opposition to each other, sometimes complementary.
In the series *Floor Translations*, D’Agostino takes what is generally
considered a linguistic craft and turns it into a formal, form-generative
process by morphing blobs of paint on the floor into various creatures and
protagonists, such as monster fish and shrieking chickens. The accidental
mark is thus delineated, identified and named, then woven into a narrative
linking one drawing to the next. Each *Floor Translation *then finds yet
fuller form and dimension in a sculptural portrait. Shadowy and
wraith-like, D’Agostino’s wall-bound sculptures perch atop wires set into
invertible sconces made from floor-suggestive blocks of wood. The drawings
and sculptures will be on display, and an artist’s book has been published
for the occasion. *Floor Translations*, produced in collaboration with C.
G. Boerner, is a graphic, humorous, tragicomic kind of picture book, a
mysterious theater in which D’Agostino spins curious tales like a master
manipulator of marionettes.
Narrative and language-based parameters are active everywhere in
D’Agostino’s works. In his ongoing series of mixed-media collages
anteriore / Future Perfect*, the artist explores the possibilities of
linking imagery to a particular verbal tense. In his new body of paintings
gathered under the title *Nocturnes*, D’Agostino employs a repetitive and
phrase-like approach to palette selection and mark making, resulting in
usually diptych compositions full of music and vesperal mood.
Paul D’Agostino (b. 1977, Hackettstown, NJ; raised in Virginia Beach) holds
a Ph.D. in Italian Literature and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CUNY Brooklyn College,
where he also works in the Art Department as a writing advisor.
D’Agostino has been curating art exhibits at Centotto since 2008, and he
is Contributing Editor at *The L Magazine*, Assistant Editor of *Journal of
Italian Translation* and co-founder of a blog devoted to art writing, *After
Vasari*. His mixed media, mixed aesthetic, variably language-based artworks
have been featured in many group exhibitions, mostly in New York
and Philadelphia, and recently in Paris as well. His 2012 solo exhibition
at Norte Maar Gallery, *Appearance Adrift* *in the Garden*, was accompanied
by *Bodies, Voids and a Tale of Seas*, a limited edition chapbook of the
artist’s original writings in five different languages. *Twilit Ensembles* is
D’Agostino’s first solo exhibition at Pocket Utopia.
Pocket Utopia is located at 191 Henry Street between Clinton and Jefferson
Streets in New York City. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm.
For further information or visuals please call Austin Thomas at
212-375-8532 <212-375-8532>, or visit