Marco Pariani




In Pariani’s paintings, the lines in oil and spray paint converge and superimpose to form images of striking vibrancy. Rendered in layers against the haptic ground, the raw shapes at times evoke figures and faces, as if suspended between the abstract and familiar. Here, Pariani is drawing on the found images of inflatable Christmas decorations, combining elements of sledges, trees or houses in his compositions. Deconstructing the source images with his angular strokes and contrasting colour combinations, the artist reveals the strangeness, almost absurdity of these objects, ironically questioning the tropes of popular entertainment. His turn to Christmas inflatables follows the series of paintings based on photos of dogs dressed as humans circulating on social media. As the artist explains, “I’ve been working on humanized dogs for a while and last summer I saw the dogs, in swimsuits and sunglasses, floating on inflatable palm tree with a fake cocktail, and I thought that the inflatable itself was a piece of art.” Rendered in layers against the haptic ground, the raw shapes at times evoke figures and faces, as if suspended between the abstract and familiar. Here, Pariani is drawing on the found images of inflatable Christmas decorations, combining elements of sledges, trees or houses in his compositions. Deconstructing the source images with his angular strokes and contrasting colour combinations, the artist reveals the strangeness, almost absurdity of these objects, ironically questioning the tropes of popular entertainment. His turn to Christmas inflatables follows the series of paintings based on photos of dogs dressed as humans circulating on social media. As the artist explains, “I’ve been working on humanized dogs for a while and last summer I saw the dogs, in swimsuits and sunglasses, floating on inflatable palm tree with a fake cocktail, and I thought that the inflatable itself was a piece of art.”

Duration 26 May 2022 - 08 July 2022
Times Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Cost Free
Venue Skarstedt Gallery
Address 8 Bennet Street, London, SW1A 1RP
Contact 442074995200 / london@skarstedt.com / www.skarstedt.com

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