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24 Apr 2018

Mary DeVincentis: Dwellers on the Threshold

David & Schweitzer Contemporary

Reviewed by Suzanne Unrein

Mary DeVincentis's paintings percolate at their own speed. Her cosmos gives a virtuoso performance while its enchantment sweeps up diminutive creatures. Its static effervescence rouses and intoxicates, drawing the viewer into various scenes. In one, an artist wields a paintbrush under electric currents. In another a zebra contemplates existence at the edge of a cliff. Elsewhere a tiger tries to touch the sky.

The slick Yupo surface and fluid acrylic brushstrokes of Day Dreamer (2017) create an otherworldly luminosity. The dreamer hovers between conscious and subconscious states, in a bed of lilac flowers or aqueous reflections, the heavens overhead summoning the earth. Blankets of supernatural yellows and greens seduce with their acidic tranquility while suggesting clouds and sea. Pink ears hear the calling of a distant flowering tree, while arms and legs signal death and resurrection.

In DeVincentis's worlds, dreams and personal myths spark a universal recognition.

Exhibition Mary DeVincentis: Dwellers on the Threshold link
Start date 06 Apr 2018
End date 29 Apr 2018
Presenter David & Schweitzer Contemporary link
Venue 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA map
Image Mary DeVincentis, Day Dreamer, 2017, acrylic on Yupo mounted on panel, 60 x 48 inches, courtesy of David & Schweitzer Contemporary

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