Victor Pesce
new paintings

april 17 – may 22, 2008
reception: thursday, april 17, 6-8 pm

The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Victor Pesce . The Gallery is located at 529 West 20 th Street , 6 th floor and is open Tuesday – Saturday 11-6 pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 17 th , from 6-8 pm.

In this group of paintings Victor Pesce continues his exploration of still-lifes of arranged objects. This exhibition is an intimate journey into the painting world of the artist. In The New York Sun , April 2006 Maureen Mullarkey writes:

Mr. Pesce's still lifes concentrate on those elements of decision-making that underlie the apparent “natural” order of things. An attentive student of Georgio Morandi, he builds his compositions on spatial conundrums in which scale and measure are crucial. Like Morandi, he establishes no hierarchy among objects or between things and the space around them. Presence and absence are equal partners in his picture-making. By renouncing sentimental associations attached to objects, the artist creates a sense of geometrical order that rewards sustained looking.

Mr. Pesce chooses items for their architecture; the minimal physical presences are divorced from association with consumption or the glow of possession. Essential forms – cylinders, cones, squares – are explored for their own sake, presented with succinct austerity. Human uses are irrelevant. Only accidentally are these bottles and boxes. Topological survey, conducted with detachment, takes precedence over fond depiction or narrative.

Victor Pesce's work is currently included in Here's The Thing: The Single Object Still Life , curated by Robert Cottingham at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah , New York . Mr. Pesce was born in Queens , New York . He lives and works in Sharon , Connecticut .

For further information contact Miles Manning at 212 463-9666.