Posts Tagged ‘portraits’

Student Artwork Update: Matt Cauley

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

We are pleased to present artwork by SVACE student Matt Cauley! Matt created his Raw Sienna series of paintings in conjunction with the courses, “Paint Your Own Vision” with Seth Michael Forman and “Portrait Painting” with John Parks.  See Matt’s work in our exhibition space at 209 East 23rd Street until November 30th!

Seth Forman

Painting by Matt Cauley

Matt writes:

“The Raw Sienna series has no determined boundary. The story occurring outside the canvas is equally as important as what is depicted within.

Each viewer will supply their own narrative to the works, their own thoughts on the location and events, whether viewing an individual painting or the interaction that forms between collected works on display.

As each new showcase of work can vary in layout and orientation, every viewing will yield a new and unexpected narrative.”

John Parks

Painting by Matt Cauley

According to his website, Matt has an extensive background in the visual arts. Born in Dallas, he moved to New York in 1992 to attend Parsons School of Design, obtaining his BFA in Illustration. He has continued his painting studies here at SVACE in the aforementioned courses. Matt’s art has been published and featured in both group and solo art exhibitions. In addition to painting, Matt is also an accomplished illustrator and toy designer. Matt currently resides in Queens with his wife, his pets, his ever-increasing collection of vintage toys, and is “generally avoiding housework in the pursuit of visual creativity.”

See more of Matt’s work at his website, on Facebook, and on Instagram!

Seth Forman

Painting by Matt Cauley

Seth Forman

Painting by Matt Cauley

Tears Fall

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Jackie Saccoccio’s fourth solo show with Eleven Rivington features large-scale paintings on view at both gallery locations. Driven by gravity and drips, Saccoccio’s paintings relate to her recent shows in New York City and abroad, through which she has pursued the possibility of painting portraiture without image.

Jackie Saccoccio, left to right: "Profile (GT Concave)" and "Profile 3 (Roy II Concave)", 2014

At 195 Chrystie Street, six towering paintings reach from floor to ceiling. If they are portraits, then they seem like full-body portraits. We learn that they can be grouped into pairs.

Jackie Saccoccio, left to right: "Profile (GT Convex)" and "Profile 3 (Roy II Convex)", 2014

“Profile-type pictures,” these pairs include Profile (Roy II, Concave) and Profile 3 (Roy II, Convex), Profile (GT Concave) and Profile (GT Convex), and Profile (Echo) and Profile (Narcissus). Respectively, they refer to features of Chuck Close’s Roy II (1994), Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni (1488), and two characters from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.


Above all, these feel like portraits of painting itself, rather than paintings of people or paintings of paintings of people. Though painting has many faces, it often does pose itself in these viscous, gestural, and labored manners.  And if it’s true that “You should be able to look at any good painting from several sides,” as Ed Ruscha is said to have said, then these paintings’ rotations above gravity (the drips drip to all compass points) seem to defy head-on-shoulders portraiture, unless tears drip up.

P.S. If you are interested in Italian portraits from the 1480s, be sure to catch Michael Joaquin Grey’s In Between Simonetta animation at Leila Heller Gallery!