Thursday, March 05, 2009

Fernando Mastrangelo solo exhibit at KUMUKUMU

Fernando Mastrangelo

I’m pleased to announce that Fernando Mastrangelo, a fellow member, is currently involved with a solo exhibit at KUMUKUMU-- a contemporary art gallery in New York. The solo exhibit, titled ‘LoVE is a smoke made with the fume of sighs…’ will be open until March 22nd 2009.
I interviewed Fernando Mastrangelo in 2007 shortly after being introduced to his worke at SCOPE. Since that time Mastrangelo has been exhibited widely in the United States, South America, and Europe. Mastrangelo recently exhibited at Moti Hasson Gallery in New York. His work will be exhibited at Volta this month. If you visit the art fairs in New York be sure to check his work out. You can view Fernando Mastrangelo’s art on, HERE .

Fernando Mastrangelo

From the KUMUKUMU press release:

“KUMUKUMU is proud to present New York artist Fernando Mastrangelo's first solo exhibition, "LoVE is a smoke made with the fume of sighs…" The title comes from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Pursuing his overarching mixed media investigation of society, history, politics, and literature through conceptual precepts, the artist here transforms the gallery into a three-room replica of a sea vessel, including a corroded anchor, a fragment of a battered raft, and a sculpture of the lower half of a woman's severed body, made of cast sugar. The black heart carved into a sugar wall in the gallery's back room shores up the show's lovelorn underpinnings.

Overall, the installation evokes a lost-at-sea, wreckage-of love ethos, simultaneously romantic and dangerous. Positing the three elements of art as death, life, and love, Mastrangelo plays the dual role of the broken-hearted and sensitive lover and the macho, tattoo-sporting seafarer. The show includes a series of love tattoo drawings set in circular frames of cast sugar. Together, they dot the side walls of the gallery like portholes. Here again, the inevitable evaporation of love's sweetness is reiterated.
Conceived of as part of a continuum, "LoVE is a smoke…" draws on past projects in which the artist has used other symbolic materials often dealing with commodity culture. Staples like sugar, rice, coffee, and corn, as well as coal from regions of Kentucky, have been deployed in his work to specifically address energy issues as well as the wider abuses of political power. Through his metaphoric use of material, Mastrangelo is able to evoke myriad universal references as well as the particular relationships of objects and meaning across different strata of place and time.”

Take care, Stay true,

Brian Sherwin
Senior Editor
New York Art Exchange

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