11.14 — 12.30.21
We’re very happy to share details for the opening of our current exhibitions. Guzzo Pinc, Fantasia and Allison Wade, Cosmic Fishing, two are solo shows have been magically blended to create a lively mix of rigorous energy. The exhibitions open on Sunday, November 14th from 3 – 6pm and will continue until December 30th, 2021.
There is some beautiful overlapping in the work of these two great artists, but as object and image makers, they remain resolutely focused on their own programs. Although we see a delightful sense of exuberance and play from Allison and Guzzo, the tonal qualities of each have distinct variances. The work here transmits emphatically, but never remains too cheery. While curating and locating the work within the exhibition, we thought about proximity, orientation and overlay as tools to calibrate the rhythm and volume in the conversation between works. The results are something both refined and explosive; a combination that serves both artists and their audience quite well.
Madison-based artist Guzzo Pinc once humorously declared that his paintings look like an exploding pinata in comparison to Allison Wade’s minimal sculpture. Yes, you certainly feel that zealous spirit in his paintings; what you don’t see is anything random or ill-chosen. Carefully modulated shapes, refined colors and complex patterns come together in these paintings to reveal the structure and order one might find in textiles from Latin America and Majolica pottery from Italy where his family has roots. There is a looseness to his process and a deft touch of mark that shows how fully developed and efficient his process. The buoyancy of these formal choices certainly suggests ecstatic play, but we can also see fragmented bodies and stylization that bring to mind darker themes. Maybe it’s here that the broken pinata reference has the most impassioned weight. Explosions can be celebratory like fireworks but noisy and calamitous like a bomb.
Guzzo Pinc (b. 1972) received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Mash Up at the Roberta Avonn Fiskum Gallery, Whitewater, WI; an untitled exhibit at Devening Projects, Chicago, IL. Recent solo exhibitions include Farfalla at Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Creamy Huevos En Cielito Lindo at Var Gallery in Milwaukee, WI; and Select Paintings at Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery in Madison, WI. His work has been curated into group shows at Galerie DYS, Brussels, BE; Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI; Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI; and the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. He is the founder and lead curator of the Madison Experimental Arts Exhibition series in Madison, WI. Guzzo Pinc currently lives and creates in Fort Atkinson, WI, and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.