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April 9, 2013

"Floor Translations" — Paul D'Agostino

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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...."

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"...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.)"

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"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."

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"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."

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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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