September 8 – October 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Fri. September 9, 6-9PM
SOHO20 is pleased to present Fractured, an exhibition of new works by member artist Lisa Fischetti.
This new series is an extension of the artist’s recent works that experimented with peeling layers of paint from the surface of wooden panels. Instinctively attracted to visual order, Fischetti often grounds her work in the structure of the grid, while creating tension within the compositional elements. Her new works operate in two parts: one more rigid, using strips of wood veneer as the foundation, and one more organic, constructed from paper on wooden panels. Both bodies of work are activated by ruptures on their surface, ranging from timid gestures of disturbance to full violent fractures.
For Fischetti, disruptions in the sanctity of the grid stem from the instability bred from living within a volatile political system, both within our country and in the world today. She sees this tension at a breaking point, in desperate need of a release valve, which emerges in the subtle violence seeping through each work’s surface. Within the openings revealed by each rupture, we see surfaces varied in their richness and texture, indicative of the complexity and excessive absurdity of our current political landscape. Fischetti attempts to counteract these disturbances in the way she compositionally reconciles the parts to the whole. Although each rupture is a facet of the surface’s landscape, it is the whole, she hopes, that ties everything together.