Launch F18, curated by Sam Trioli
New York, NY ,
November 2 - December 22, 2012
Howard Yezerski Gallery is proud to present Brumaire, an exhibition of new paintings by Sam Trioli. The paintings in Brumaire are an investigation of abstraction through the eyes of a photorealist painter. Absorbing the grainy details of an old photograph, the paintings seek an emotive response, pushing a historical moment to the tingle of Rothko and Richter.
Trioli's paintings recreate moments of material force. In these explosions, burning fields, and nuclear clouds, constant force becomes the composition as hyperrealist images fall into abstraction. Trioli is particularly interested in the abstract qualities of early photography; the grain and blown out light are abstract recordings of a moment. He continues the conversation of the ever more distant historical moments through their physical and material contexts.
Untitled (Melt), images the explosion of the Hindenburg in 1937. An iconic image cropped just enough to evade recognition, it steps away from its original context. No longer standing in for a tragic failure of technology, the image becomes about heat and contrast. The frame crumples into itself, white flames spreading into the black sky above, a dance between the detail of photorealism and the ambiguity of abstraction.