|Jason McCoy Inc.
41 East 57 Street
New York 10022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Liz di Giorgio: Thirteen Paintings
January 10 - February 9, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 5 - 7 pm
Jason McCoy Inc. is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Liz di Giorgio. In addition, an installation of contextualizing works by Varujan Boghosian, Lorenzo Cardi, Giorgio Cavallon, and Giorgio Morandi, amongst others, will be on view.
Patterson Sims, Director of the Montclair Art Museum writes about Liz di Giorgio:
"Over the last fifteen years, Liz Di Giorgio has been dedicated to painting still-life-based compositions. She has become an uncommonly good painter of meticulously rendered chinaware hovering at the center of luminous atmospheres. Seen directly from above, her carefully chosen objects float in an aerial perspective that eradicates the specifics of the physical plane on which they may rest. A specialist in tea parties for the soul, Di Giorgio carefully selects tableware of genteel, cozy domesticity and taste, which, while it evokes hospitality and intimacy, provides no gustatory offerings.
Framed in solemn black frames, her newest "Rondel" series resolutely push her aesthetic accomplishment forward. Though the painted floral and leafy motifs that embellish her plates border on kitsch, in Di Giorgio's hands they become evanescent and transcendent. Other china pieces resting atop the plates almost merge into their organic designs, further confounding function and beauty. Her blossoms have an affinity with the 1920s flower paintings and drawings of Georgia O'Keeffe and Joseph Stella, who likewise missed nature when living within the geometries of man-made New York City. The designs on Di Giorgio's floral plates, which she has collected from flea markets and the cupboards of family and friends can be seen as populist, organic manifestations of early American modernism. Di Giorgio now favors a more subdued light that requires the viewer to look more deeply. Thin gold rims surround the single pictorial plates seen at the center of her new series; their glistening outlines confer a halo-like aura. Her devotional, tondo-like painted disks are treasured souvenirs of a Catholic youth that has now been re-placed and repositioned within a muted, personal, Quaker-inflected light."
Born in 1957, di Giorgio received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union, New York (1981) and her M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York (1990). Di Giorgio lives and works in New York.
Stephanie B. Simmons
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