“New York: The Eighties (part one)”
The Consortium Museum, Dijon, France
To April 14
ALLAN MCCOLLUM, CADY NOLAND, CHUCK NANNEY, DAN GRAHAM, DAVID ROBBINS, LAURIE PARSONS, LOUISE LAWLER, MICHAEL CORRIS, ON KAWARA, STEVEN PARRINO, STEVE DIBENEDETTO
|Steven Parrino, Screaming Yellow Crush in Classy Chassis, 1992.|
I find the work of Steven Parrino, 1958-2005, profound. Influenced by 1980s Deconstrucivism and the declaration that the painting avant-garde was dead in the 80s (one of the first in a succession of such declarations) Parrino with a Punk DIY attitude explored the entropic side of creation. His works are as relevant today with numerous artists world-wide exploring the boundaries of painting sculpture in the context of what Parrino termed 'misshaped paintings' as opposed to the 1960s movement of shaped canvases. In Italy, from my observations, that movement related to Arte Povera and was more 'constructive' notwithstanding the mark making of Luigi Fontana. He was famous for his destructive cutting and piercing of the canvas in a repetitive way.