Francesco LoCastro: Advent
Sept. 21 – Oct. 27, 2013
Artists reception: Fri., Sept. 20, 6 – 10 pm
Italian-born Francesco LoCastro grew up in Germany and has been active in the South Florida art scene for more than a decade. His work has an international audience and widespread appeal. For this exhibition the artist delves further into his Geometry series with a new body of mixed-media work and video animation. In these latest pieces, LoCastro employs unorthodox painting techniques that involve the intricate layering of pigment and resin to achieve a heightened sense of dimension and depth.
What at first glance appears to be the result of countless hours spent with graphic design software is revealed at closer examination to be meticulously handcrafted combinations of acrylic, spray paint, epoxy resin and even gold leaf applied on wood.
These colorful compositions depict a kaleidoscopic vision, dense with movement and a combination of explosiveness and strict order, vibrancy and dreaminess, power and release. The accompanying video animations explore a further imagining (expansion) of the paintings as three-dimensional environments. Feeling frenetic and alive, LoCastro’s bright and shifting allegorical architectures present fleeting moments of harmony and dissonance as an immersive experience.
Image: Francesco Lo Castro, Title- Ubicomp Everyware Medium- Acrylic, silkscreen, spray paint and layered epoxy resin on MDF (medium density fiberboard) Size- 36” diameter Year- 2012