On show at VICTORI + MO is a new exhibition of three-dimensional abstract wall-based constructions and large-scale sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Leah Guadagnoli.
I Just Want to See You Underwater is a show, as the name suggests, reveals that Guadagnoli has a playful sense of humour when it comes to her practice. Her eclectic influences range from Gothic stained glass and Bauhaus, Art Deco and The Memphis Group to the gaudy patterns which bring to mind the carpets, seating and walls found in the airports and waiting rooms of decades past.
Guadagnoli breaks with many of the rules associated with traditional the frame. Assembled from an assortment of odd materials (upholstery and polyurethane foam, among others) she cuts and designs herself, her three-dimensional constructions brazenly jut from the wall, blurring the line between painting and object.
These are bold, colourful, eccentric works – joyful mash-ups of the high and low. Wholly unafraid, Guadagnoli's radical canvases poke and provoke, forcing us to think about our outdated assumptions regarding taste and exclusivity, and just what a serious contemporary painting can be. Catch the exhibition at VICTORI + MO in Brooklyn, New York until 22 July 2018.