Not only does each artist view his/her art piece with a unique perspective that few can relate to, but it also is the audience that draws a variety of inspirations based on their own set of visual references and memories. It churns a unique synergy—thereby creating even more original imagery. With the new Centotto show, “In Monitoring,” featuring artworks by Tom Butter, Jeffrey Bishop and John Descarfino, the curator Paul D’Agostino once again makes a stride in the way he conceives a show, and in how he invites a variety of imaginations to charter their own perception in the given limelight.
“In Monitoring” is, for me, all about the collision of perspectives. I mean this not only in terms of the artworks showcased here, but also in how they unify with the space, leaving a lasting impact on the art lovers and visitors. It certainly is a well-captured example of how a variety of angles can change perspectives, and hence the varying inspirations that are triggered in their afterglow.
Paul’s curation in the show was indeed a mark of attraction for visitors who were mesmerized by the unique entrance. You have to transit through a mysterious passage to enter the edifice out back to reach the space. It is easy to say that from the head start, I was aware of Paul’s unorthodox concepts and how this structural symmetry was to follow.
The entire exhibition plays on perspectives, and also on how each painting will look when seen through the grand sculpture by Tom Butter in the middle of the space. My favorite pieces, though, were a rather a different beat—the “Night Windows” by John Descarfino truly captured my imagination, as they threw a lot to me in terms of how windows present an outlet to your emotions, and how windows between two sides can pose a role of intermission and diffusion into two atmospheres. I was able to converse with John Descarfino about his vision, and about how he was playing upon these silhouettes with darks, and collaging the patterns. He told me his history with windows, and about how his fascination grew out of a family business of manufacturing them. To me, his technique is very cinematic.
It’s truly inspiring how Paul encapsulated the theme. The symmetries and his sense of composition were again at stellar poise. I keep my resolve that with Paul, the best is always yet to come.
“In Monitoring” at the Buggy Factory. Paintings by Jeffrey Bishop and John Descarfino. Sculpture by Tom Butter.
14 Kossuth Place in Bushwick, Brooklyn
This Saturday and Sunday, 4/23 and 4/24, are the last two days to visit “In Monitoring”
Visiting hours are 1-6pm on Saturday, and 1-7pm on Sunday.
On Sunday, too, all three artists will be on hand for a closing reception.
The reception will start at 5pm and wrap up around sundown.
Writing by Atif A.K.
Photographs by Arte Fuse