Surely Some Revelation Is At Hand
This group show takes its title from W.B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming,” which the Irish poet wrote in 1919 as the Spanish flu ravaged an already war-torn Europe. In its original context, the line “Surely some revelation is at hand” may be a question or a plea—but, directed at no one, it seems to seek respite in the incredulousness of an empty room—where nothing can promise it’s not all for nothing.
On view at Marinaro, more than two-dozen paintings and mixed-media pieces represent new and recent work by a crop of mostly New York-based, early- to mid-career artists. A mix of abstract compositions and figurative scenes touch on themes ranging from romantic intimacy—as in Ridley Howard's Cherry Sky (2020) and Alessandro Teoldi's line drawings in cement (pictured)—to mundane pastimes—as in Anthony Iacono's Ring...Ring...(Airbrush Drawing) (2020) — to darker visions of isolation and powerlessness—alluded to in Jane Corrigan's MALM (2018) and Kianja Strobert's Orifice (2018).
Alessandro Teoldi, TBT, 2020. Cast cement, 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy Marinaro.