Victor Pesce: Not So Simple

Victor Pesce, Pink Box, Brown Wall, 2007, oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches (courtesy
Victor Pesce, Pink Box, Brown Wall, 2007, oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches (courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery)

Mario Naves posts about the work of Victor Pesce on the occasion of an upcoming exhibition at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, on view from April 20 - July 26, 2013.

Naves writes: "Victor Pesce paints pictures of simple things, but the pictures he paints are not so simple. Certainly, his still-life paintings are unadorned. A few pieces of fruit, a couple of bottles, a milk carton or coffee cup–that’s all he needs to pique his interest, to set the pictorial snowball rolling. These items are seen situated against flat expanses of dusky color, mottled fields which are, at the barest maximum, demarcated by a horizon line. Yet even without that line–that not-quite-Platonic table top–we read Pesce’s still-lifes as occupying space, as things that “sit.” It is with this nod to gravity that he lets us know that however spare–or, if you prefer, abstracted–his paintings may be, they are irrevocably of this world."