Leah Guadagnoli's playful 3D abstract constructions and giant sculptures made from "odd materials"

Leah Guadagnoli RGB, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 12h x 12w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

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 Wholly unafraid, Guadagnoli's radical canvases poke and provoke, forcing us to think about our outdated assumptions regarding taste and exclusivity, and just what a serious contemporary painting can be.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.

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli Number Six Song in Heaven, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, Plexiglas, PVC, found upholstery, Apoxie Sculpt, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 49h x 30w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli Number Six Song in Heaven, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, Plexiglas, PVC, found upholstery, Apoxie Sculpt, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 49h x 30w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli Number Two Song In Heaven, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, Plexiglas, PVC, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 60h x 38w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli Number Two Song In Heaven, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, Plexiglas, PVC, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 60h x 38w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli They’re Just Shapes, 2018 acrylic, pumice stone, crackle paste, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 18 x 16 1⁄2 x 3 inches Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli They’re Just Shapes, 2018 acrylic, pumice stone, crackle paste, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 18 x 16 1⁄2 x 3 inches Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli Number Five Song in Heaven, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, Plexiglas, PVC, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 49h x 30w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli Number Five Song in Heaven, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, Plexiglas, PVC, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 49h x 30w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli View from the Roof, 2018 acrylic, upholstery, fiber paste, and canvas on insulation board 15 x 17 x 3 inches Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli View from the Roof, 2018 acrylic, upholstery, fiber paste, and canvas on insulation board 15 x 17 x 3 inches Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Installation view of Leah Guadagnoli: I Just Want to See You Underwater on view at VICTORI + MO June 8- July 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli This is Just a Test, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 18h x 15.50w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO

Leah Guadagnoli This is Just a Test, 2017 acrylic, pumice stone, molding paste, digital print on fabric, canvas, insulation board, and polyurethane foam on aluminum panel 18h x 15.50w x 3d in Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO