It Can't Rain All the Time
Solo exhibition of recent work by Anthony Palocci jr.
September 8th - October 15th, 2017.
Opening reception September 8th, 6-9 PM
How’s Howard is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Anthony Palocci Jr. In this series of intimately scaled paintings, Palocci explores ideas of masculinity, sexuality and loss through close observation, isolation and magnification of objects.
These evocative images symbolize a message of gender and personal relationships, including the complex dynamics of the father and son relationship. Like navigating a crime scene, Palocci hones in on minute observations. He unfolds intricate and sentimental connections, studying and interpreting relationships through close-up investigation of cryptic items. Seemingly mundane objects, not particularly noticed from day to day, become moments of intense focus.
Palocci’s solemn still life paintings incorporate a human presence without its literal portrayal. Each object begins to suggest situations and personalities alluding to someone present in Palocci’s life and yet, absent in the painting. Clues of specific individuals are revealed through the experience of an object. A bar of soap sculpted by its user takes on a monolithic presence and emotional weight, as it occupies the majority of space and attention within its’ confines. Palocci photographed this bar of soap in the bathroom of a recently deceased friend. In his painting derived from this photo, muted color and tender brush strokes speak to Palocci’s memory and homage to a loved one.