Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco
ANTONIO ADRIANO PULEO
Curated by Clark Buckner
Antonio Adriano Puleo’s solo presentation for VOLTA NY investigates what the artist describes as “the space in and in-between” artworks. Puleo will present an extensive installation of objects whose subject matter correlates from one surface to another. Taking cues from the specificity of the fair venue and booth configuration, Puleo responds to physical and historical space through a choreography of color, material, and pattern.
His formally charged collages, paintings, and objects are informed by the history of collage, specifically “THE CUT OUTS” of Henri Matisse, and the surrealist inspired collages of Robert Motherwell from the 1940’s and 50’s. Puleo references Matisse’s late practice, using gouache to create monochromatic color fields on watercolor paper, which are then cut into and layered. Puleo arranges the shapes and forms (a lexicon the artist has been developing since 2009), informed by negative spaces of previous works. He finishes the collages by working in a layer of oil paint onto the surfaces, fragmenting and fracturing the space in the works further.
Born in Boston and now living and working in Los Angeles, Puleo has long nurtured an interest in the different surfaces of a painting. He received his M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 2003. He has exhibited at LAXART, The Luckman Gallery at Cal State LA, Cherry and Martin, and The East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University. His work has been featured in many publications including Artforum, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and Flash Art.