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  James Lecce
 May 1 - May 31, 2008
 

   In this exhibition James Lecce expands upon his long-held interest in the power of pure visual pleasure. His vibrant and fluid biomorphic paintings emphasize the seductive and sensual possibilities of adornment, color, surface finish, and extravagance of form. The inspirations for Lecce’s current work include Rococo excess, the sinuous lines and stylized depictions of the natural world in Art Nouveau, as well as the entrancing ebb and flow of music. The voluptuous surfaces and bulging curvilinear elements of his poured acrylic paintings suggest indulgence and provide an alternative to the spare and functional designs of contemporary life.
   Lecce’s painting process begins with the choice of a color palette. The starting point for the current work was a brief description of Marie Antoinette’s favorite hues for her personal wardrobe: rich silvery and pearl gray shades, deep sea greens, burnished burgundies and puce. Once the colors are selected, Lecce mixes pigments with acrylic emulsion and starts a complex and multi-layered pouring process. The physicality, urgency and improvisation of this process are reflected in the buoyant, swirling compositions of the completed paintings. Pools of iridescent bronze, silver and gold flow among bands of striated color gradations. Pearlescent streaks and bulbous white nodes push and pull throughout the more densely colored areas. All are unified under a luscious, glossy surface.
 
 
Juicy, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on canvas on panel
60 x 48 inches

Chambord, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on canvas on panel
40 x 72 inches

Sprung, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on canvas on panel
48 x 36 inches
 
Barracuda, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on canvas on panel
48 x 48 inches

Youth Due, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
42 x 24 inches

Meltaway, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
42 x 24 inches
 
Indian Blue, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on canvas on panel
46 x 28 inches

Maricopa, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on canvas on panel
60 x 20 inches

Crest, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
35 x 28 inches
 
Zephyr, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
35 x 28 inches

Wintergreen, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
35 x 28 inches

Pomp, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
23 x 19
 
Northern White, 2008
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
23 x 19
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