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April 9, 2013

"Floor Translations" — Paul D'Agostino




Wrote Roberta Smith in an April 4 New York Times review, "Following his solo debut last year at Norte Maar in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Paul D'Agostino — an artist-writer-scholar-translator who teaches at Brooklyn College — is having his first solo [show] in Manhattan, at Pocket Utopia...."




"...original are five series of small stenciled-ink drawings, each with 3 to 13 sheets, that are collectively called 'Floor Translations' and deftly mine the territory between Marcel Duchamp and Dr. Seuss. These cartoonlike illustrated stories concern odd-looking, buff-colored creatures (bare paper against black backgrounds), whose silhouettes are shapes found among the paint splatters on Mr. D’Agostino's studio floor. (There are photographs to prove it.)"




"The creatures' physical irregularities are echoed in the stories' titles, which include 'The Rarely Glimpsed Junkfish' and 'The Shrieking Chicken and the Farmstead.' Their tales unfold in wryly succinct prose — and are written in slightly creaky cursive — inside buff-colored windows."




"Finally, the main character of each story has inspired a small, bronzelike acrylic sculpture mounted on wire stuck in wood; they resemble variations on Giacometti's 'Nose.' 'Floor Translations' unites Mr. D'Agostino's several talents into something wonderful and that is very much his own."


The show will be up through April 21; Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson Streets, Lower East Side.

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