Sunday, February 3, 2008

Claudio Roncoli at Gallery 415

I wandered in here during one of our many rainy days in the last two months and was immediately cheered up and impressed. Christina Bosemark, the gallery owner, is both charming and informative and the wealth of art (unknown to me) from Latin and South America is awesome. The group show (that just closed) was full of vibrant colors and fascinating geometric constructions from architect turned artist Anibal Catalan and images from Gerardo Caro that looked like landscapes from space with their richly textures surfaces and layers of color. Guilldermo Bert's sly and glossy painting surfaces contained political commentary that escaped me until it was pointed out by the vivacious Ms. Bosemark. There were a couple of pieces by Claudio Roncoli whose show opens this coming Thursday and it's a first Thursday show that I'm actually looking forward to attending.

60's pop icons, "Fly America " ads, photos of the trendy models from the 40's through the 70's, even Elvis images are combined with digital collages on a vinyl surface to create pieces that seem to glory but actually ridicule and critique our insane consumer culture and contemporary politics. Everybody is young, happy, flawlessly beautiful and then, you are drawn to look closer for the surface of utopia hides some very ugly facets. Beautifully painted and politically astute, Roncoli makes political criticism that's also very fine art.

49 Geary Str. 4th floor | San Francisco, CA 94108 | p: 415.398.2158 | f: 415.341.1137 || Tue - Sat, 11:00am - 5:30pm

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