15 Nov 2017

Lui Shtini: A Sawdust Feast

Corbett vs. Dempsey

Reviewed by Alan Pocaro

Awash in formal and psychological tensions, drama and decay, Lui Shtini's "A Sawdust Feast" unnerves and unsettles. Featuring six oil on Dibond surfaces that pressurize shapes and space in unpredictable ways, Shtini grounds his forms on the fringes of figurative legibility. Once recognized, playful abstractions adopt sinister overtones.

In The Loot (2017), a cresting wave of burnt sienna gives way to a set of elongated, ivory-inflected teeth. Joined by the black beak of some cerulean-hued villain, they gnash into the variegated red facture of a fleshy form. Likewise, the near non-objectivity of Strapped Down (2017) hints at a grasping appendage dappled with blood.

Shtini's visual statement is forceful because the works are initially so seductive. With contrasts of matte versus high-gloss surfaces and linear versus painterly treatments, the pictures are catnip for lovers of abstraction. But they are also haunting ruminations on the inherent violence of consumption.

Exhibition Lui Shtini: A Sawdust Feast link
Start date 20 Oct 2017
End date 22 Nov 2017
Presenter Corbett vs. Dempsey link
Venue 1120 N. Ashland Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL, USA (in the Dusty Groove building) map
Image Lui Shtini, The Loot, 2017, oil and enamel on Dibond, 47 1/2 x 60 1/2 inches, courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey

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