Jean-Paul Mallozzi: Familiars
April 9 – May 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8,
6 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Wednesday May 25, 6:30 pm
Jean-Paul Mallozzi: Familiars broadens the artist’s fascination with the human condition and the inherent, nuanced complexities of personal relationships, specifically intimate male relationships, which are often hyper-sexualized and informed by society’s rigid and conflicting constructs of masculinity, sexuality, and identity. A familiar is a spirit often embodied or trapped in an animal form or within the individual. They serve as protectors, provocateurs, agitators, or pacifiers for the subject depicted.
These concepts are layered using Mallozzi’s attention to delicately rendered details in paint and graphite, which emphasize the ebb and flow of these intimate relationships and their ever-changing emotional states. The scenes, layered with abstract textures, create a reflective atmosphere in which these human relationships play out and challenge the male gaze, thereby revealing other possibilities for performing and seeing ‘masculinity’. Mallozzi’s incorporation of color fields across the faces enhances, and also obscures, the subjects’ internalized emotional states without the need for facial cues.
Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens, NY, and received a scholarship and his B.F.A at the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). His works have been exhibited and collected in galleries and museums internationally including Los Angeles, New York, and London. His works are held in several high-profile collections, including Director of the Long Beach Museum Ron Nelson, and Academy Award winning actress Anne Hathaway.
A Conversation with Jean-Paul Mallozzi
Wednesday May 25, 6:30 pm
Exhibiting artist Jean-Paul Mallozzi and Neil de la Flor, journalist and Executive Director of Reading Queer, will present a gallery conversation on Wednesday May 25, at 6:30 pm at the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood. Jean-Paul and Neil will discuss the artist’s current Project Room show, Familiars, which is on exhibit at the Center through May 29. Refreshments will be served. The event is free with gallery admission. Gallery admission is $7 for adults; $4 for students, seniors, and children ages 4 to 17; and free to Center members.
About Neil de la Flor
Neil de la Flor is a writer, photographer, educator and Executive Director of Reading Queer, a Knight-funded, community-based organization that promotes queer literary culture in South Florida. His books include An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards, Sinead O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds, Almost Dorothy and Two Thieves and a Liar. He is also a journalist and covers the local art scene for KnightArts, the organizational blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He earned an MFA at the University of Miami and was a Michener Fellow.
Image: Jean-Paul Mallozzi, We come here often, 2016, Oil on panel on cradled wood, 36 × 24 in.