Jackie Saccoccio @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Jackie Saccoccio, Square in Hole, 2015, oil and mica on linen, 79 x 79 inches (c
Jackie Saccoccio, Square in Hole, 2015, oil and mica on linen, 79 x 79 inches (courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Kevin Blake reviews Jackie Saccoccio: Echo at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, on view through April 25, 2015.

Blake writes: "While the infrastructure of renaissance portraiture may exist in Saccoccio’s paintings, the centralized figure remains only as the most distant resounding of an echo. As the portraits recede into the deep spaces Saccoccio creates through perspectival maneuvers and layers of controlled spills, new possibilities emerge... In Square in the Hole, the artist leaves little trace to the portrait. While a figure might be unearthed from the light wash of brown ground hovering in the depths of the painting, my eyes are drawn into the green jet streams blasting into the corner at top right, and the more subtle version of itself that brings the eye in the opposite direction on the other side of the painting. Those finishing moves–executed with some sort of straight edge or squeegee, are the major forces in this piece. These lines do more of the heavy lifting than any other part of the painting."