The Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting a series of new acrylic paintings by Federico Infante in an exhibition titled The Space Between. Infante’s paintings are very delicate and have a rather foggy quality. He achieves this by using layers of multiple colors to create serene yet powerful palettes. Many of his works depict a single person occupied in his or her own thoughts or dreamy universe. He juxtaposes layers of multiple colors to achieve serene yet powerful palettes, and the compositions incorporate sections of realism with portions of abstraction.
One work titled Petersberg features a young woman standing alone in a deserted area under a street lamp, turning her head away from the viewer and looking down the road as though she is waiting for someone. Where the Bird Was features a young girl looking into her hands after just releasing a bird from her hands, perhaps symbolizing the loneliness a mother feels when she sets her child out into the world.
Another work titled To Seek is very poignant and illustrates the human yearning for wanting more from life. A man is standing on the edge of a steep, rocky cliff looking down and is heartbroken or devastated.
The title of the show The Space Between is meant to provoke the thoughtfulness and contemplation of the narrative of each piece. There is a painting in the show of the same name that illustrates a distant shot of a man looking down at his dog and the dog looking up back at him – illustrating the trusting relationship between the two. Behind them you can see the vast amount of space between each cloud in the sky.
At The Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, 535 W. 25th St., through Nov. 1. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 10 a.m.—6 p.m.