JACKIE SACCOCCIO
Portraits
March 22 – April 22, 2012 | 11 Rivington St, NY

Eleven Rivington is to present Portraits, a solo exhibition of large-scale abstract paintings by Jackie Saccoccio. The exhibition is on view from March 22 to April 22, 2012 and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with a text by Alexi Worth.  Saccoccio is a past recipient of the American Academy in Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Grant, a Monet Residency in Giverny, and a Fulbright Grant.  Her work is currently included in the museum exhibition ‘Open Windows’, curated by Carroll Dunham at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.

Teaming a portrait motif together with her signature imagelessness, the artist has created a serialized group of abstract Portraits: via gravity and barely mediated gesture, an anthropomorphic presence emerges in each work from among the poured, splashed and stained pigment. At the center of each painting is a focal point, bolstered by the surrounding marks. As much an occluded face in foreground as an opening into the painting’s illusive backdrop, the motive composition allows each work to become sphinx-like and shrug classification. Saccoccio deliberately tunes some painting’s palettes to channel specific historic works; seen in installation, the serialized group of works suggest a never-ending procession (phalanx) of abstract paintings who gaze back at their viewers.

Jackie Saccoccio, born 1963, lives and works in NY and CT. Educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design, she has had exhibited her work throughout the US and Europe.  This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.