Overview by Christopher J. Graham, visitor contributor
Its Getting Darkish, Joey Cocciardi’s present present at The Lodge options twelve explosive work. Their compositions differ between obvious firework-inspired bursts to glowing auras from an astral airplane, main the viewer to a spot of ephemera. Their surfaces are labored over by means of layers of utilized painted paper and surfaces whittled down, courtesy of an orbital sander. The result’s a rewarding peek into the historical past of the portray’s construction.
The works within the present all have variations on the title FRWK, an abbreviation of the phrase firework. The most important portray within the present, FRWK 2203, options neon colours as they attain by means of a darkish shroud. It’s comparatively centralized with an abstracted “burst” prominently featured within the work. The most important portray within the present appears to have a textural part in widespread with later Richter Cage work. With remark, the viewer can see how paint was faraway from the floor and reapplied to others. Within the depths of the void house, there are flecks of white- small illustrations of stars- permitting the work’s darkish house to develop into the cosmos.
Lots of the compositions within the present characteristic single “bursts” of a firework towards a void that shifts as soon as in colour, normally within the form of a halo. By portray variations on the identical composition Cocciardi highlights key variations within the work, making slight compositional tweaks really feel like a departure. An instance of that is FRWK 2302 with its celestial burst remodeling into cartoon-stylized stars alongside the outer body of the piece and FRWK 2309. In 2309, Cocciardi wears down the floor simply earlier than they turn into unintelligible. With cautious examination, the viewer can see the echoed compositional framework from 2302.
At occasions the bursts within the FRWK resemble issues aside from fireworks. FRWK 2306, incorporates a washy pink, inexperienced and yellow type that appears to chop in ribbons by means of a darkened black and merlot-tinged void. The composition suggests palm fronds, so widespread in Los Angeles, they floor Cocciardi in a selected locale. In FRWK 2312, the artist hides faint inexperienced and yellow swirls that resemble patterns created by means of batik or tie dye towards a cerulean halo.
Welcome is FRWK-2314, with its three-headed burst. The portray jogs my memory of a few of Harold Ancart’s UFO work, with its ascending motion and jagged formal strains. These bursts illuminate the void house that they occupy. Elsewhere within the present, proof of a Spirograph is current, this aspect of play comes throughout within the work by means of the slight resemblance to “scratch and sketch” type kids’s coloring units.
Since a lot of the work within the present are 14 x 11 inches, a way of pictorial scale turns into fairly essential. How the bursts work together with the perimeters of the canvas floor, can point out their supposed sizes. The pictorial shifts in scale, although slight, introduces variation the place formal qualities stay lean.
Cocciardi’s Its Getting Darkish at The Lodge reveals an artist exploring the concepts of working a floor, and materials discount with out being reductive. Flashing coloured kinds towards contrasting void house unifies the compositions to create a cohesive physique of labor. The impact of those work has one thing in widespread with the second after a firework explodes, the scent of gunpowder and the smoke hanging within the air. After the firework present there may be typically a second of awe within the aftermath, spent marveling on the magnificence and technicality of the feats on show, and that is no exception.
Joey Cocciardi Its Getting Darkish, runs from July 22nd to August 12th 2023.