Collage 5 2009
collage and acrylic on paper
91.4 x 66 cm, 36 x 26 in
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present young New York artist Francesca DiMattio's first solo exhibition in Europe from 10 October to 17 November 2012 to coincide with Frieze Art Fair, and her first showing in London since her large scale canvases were seen in Saatchi Gallery's Abstract America in 2009.
Bloemenhouder and Kandelaars will be a "curious" exhibition offering us the opportunity to see DiMattio's vibrant and painterly sculptures standing on their own, showing the vitality and eccentricity of the large-scale porcelain pieces she has been developing over the past two years. Her vision and propensity with materials is evident through her use of explosive fragmentation and grafted sculptural detail, with each piece being individually modelled by hand. DiMattio has continued to develop her critical exploration and deconstruction of historical styles using a variety of techniques from the French Chinoiserie to the Rococo period, also incorporating kitsch craft of the kind found in junk shops.
This exhibition deepens DiMattio's investigation of domestic space, through complex explorations that start with the form of the household vase. Here, DiMattio amplifies the difference between the grotesque and pristine moments of her previous sculptures, combining further domestic forms, from candelabras to mass-produced animal trinkets, and using stone and earthenware to provide a stark contrast to the white porcelain. DiMattio's new works meld, contort and collapse high and low arts and crafts styles, and a plethora of firing and glazing techniques are fused to give shape to new abstract and de-hierarchised forms.
Di Mattio's recent solo exhibitions include those at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall); Salon 94 Bowery, New York; The Suburban, Chicago; Portugal Arte 10; and Locust Projects, Miami. She has also been part of major group and survey exhibitions including Cluj Museum, Romania; Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw: 5th Prague Biennial; Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York; New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, and she has work in the collections of the Saatchi Gallery, London and the Miami Art Museum.
Bruce High Quality Foundation, Richard Hamilton, Marcus Harvey, Anton Henning, Robert Longo, Chris Martin, Mark Wright
Mediated Iconography, 7 September - 3 October 2012
New Works, 23 November - 12 January 2012