nyc art scene

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Opens Mar 24, 5-7p:

Leonardo Silaghi

Marc Straus Gallery, 299 Grand St., NYC

Silaghi’s paintings are intuitive and gestural with a narrative of ruin - of entropy, of decay, of decomposition. Within his grey abstractions one can glimpse broken conveyor belts, washing machines, crumbling cyclotrons, and sections of airplanes. The near emblematic Silaghi grey serves as a constant reminder of the previously heavily industrialized economy in Silaghi’s home country - Romania, but it also implies a transformative process as it is mixed from black and white. Silaghi’s researched images of his country’s past capture only hints of the repression commonplace under Ceausescu. His paintings show the hulking ghosts of communism. Yet his works seem to be hopeful, they suggest that his society is at the edge of something that will be very different, but, what that will be is uncertain.
- thru April 21

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