Eight new works by contemporary painter and photographer Christopher Wool will be on display at the Roman branch of the Gagosian Gallery, 16 via Francesco Crispi, until July 30 (Monday – Friday 10.30am – 7.00pm).
Wool filters the fundaments of abstract painting – line, form and texture – through the gritty syntax of urban reality. By painting layer upon layer of whites and off-whites over silkscreened elements used in previous works – monochrome forms taken from reproductions, enlargements of details of photographs, screens, and polaroids of his own paintings – he accretes the surface of his pressurized paintings while apparently voiding their very substance. Through these various procedures of application and cancellation, Wool forms a new chapter in contemporary painting. In the new works to be seen for the first time in Rome, Wool continues to conflate the oppositional
foundations of modern painting – the directness and immediacy of human mark making with the mediating effects of mechanical and digital reproduction. Silkscreen is the foundation on top of which he employs an array of techniques including stenciling, rolling, dripping, dragging, and spray-painting. Combining reproduction and over-painting, he repeatedly reworks the images, photographing the paintings and screening the resulting photographic images onto linen. Thus this intense and protracted process emerges as both substance and subject of the work, Wool’s terse paean to the unending contingencies of life and change.