NYC///INSIDE JOYCE PENSATO’S CARTOON EXPRESSIONISM…

January 10, 2008  |  Uncategorized

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Undisputedly the dominant visual theme of our time, the cartoon image is usually exalted and treated with a special reverence in the vast realm of modern Pop art, but artist JOYCE PENSATO's urgent cartoon attacks in the show of force that is her "The Eraser" exhibition currently on display at Chelsea's FRIEDRICH PETZEL GALLERY paint a much darker picture. Treating her characters—from Felix to Cartman—with a brush driven by a frenzied energy, the artist seeks to distill these American icons to their most basic elements, stripping them of their glossy countenances until they reach a state of decidedly uncharacteristic anxiety using a visceral technique recalling the fervent movement of Abstract Expressionism. All artspeak aside, it's a phenomenal exhibit by an often-overlooked artist that should not be missed. HAVE A LOOK:

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