Jackie Saccoccio: Paints Big

Jackie Saccoccio, Profile (Heartbeat), 2015, oil and mica on linen, 90 x 79 inch
Jackie Saccoccio, Profile (Heartbeat), 2015, oil and mica on linen, 90 x 79 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Thomas Micchelli reviews Jackie Saccoccio: Degree of Tilt at Eleven Rivington (through October 18) and Van Doren Waxter, New York (through October 23).

Micchelli writes: "If the Abstract Expressionists sought to vanquish the focal points of traditional painting through a balanced fragmentation of the picture plane, Saccoccio does the opposite. Rather than rely on Cubist precedent and correlate the figure to the ground, she doubles down on her targeted point of interest, the center, and then does all she can to demolish it via a wholesale effusion of solvents... Saccoccio’s go-for-broke, materials-based practice lands on the far side of the conceptual divide over the efficacy of painting in a wired culture. She literally pours everything she’s got onto the surface, ensuring that the experience of her paintings — the prismatic shifts of light, the feathery strata of color — can be understood only by standing in front of them. Her work seeks a tenfold amplification of painting’s inherent physical presence, a radical declaration of relevance for the fixed, unchanging object in space."