Michael Bevilacqua: An Ideal For Living

Michael Bevilacqua, An Ideal For Living, 2012, Acrylic, spray paint & molotow pe
Michael Bevilacqua, An Ideal For Living, 2012, Acrylic, spray paint & molotow pen on linen, 96 x 360 inches (courtesy the artist and Gerging & Lopez)

Review of the exhibition Michael Bevilacqua: An Ideal For Living at Gering & López Gallery, New York, on view through August 24, 2012.

"The tension between [the] two readings of linear narrative and archaeological accretion is what makes the 'spatiality' in Bevilacqua's painting at least potentially 'eerie': unsettling yet intriguing, and suggestive that something might happen next. This prospect of development suggests that Bevilacqua might be attempting to reexamine the term 'post-Pop' and his place within it... if we consider Rauschenberg's work as a kind of 'pre-Pop,' Bevilacqua's status as a post-Pop artist transforms from a consecutive distinction into a wider-spanning historical one, wherein the style not only follows Pop, but also intimates something beyond it.