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Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance

New York

September 8 – October 22, 2016

Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance
Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance
Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance
Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance
Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance
Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Resonance
Straws, 2016, Multi-Colored and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Straws, 2016

Multi-Colored and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

51 x 118 x 8.6 in / 130 x 300 x 22 cm (Diptych) 

 51 x 59 x 8.6 in  / 130 x 150 x 22 cm (each)

Gold Straws, 2015, Gold and brown plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Gold Straws, 2015

Gold and brown plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

42.5 x 33.4 x 10 in / 108 x 85 x 25 cm

Green Straws, 2013, Green plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Green Straws, 2013

Green plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

35.4 x 23.6 x 10 in / 90 x 60 x 25 cm

Transparent Straws, 2016, Transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Transparent Straws, 2016

Transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

39 x 43 x 10 in / 100 x 110 x 25 cm

 , Light Yellow Straws, 2015

 

Light Yellow Straws, 2015

Transparent and light yellow plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

39 x 43 x 10 in / 100 x 110 x 25 cm

 

Straws, 2015, Fuchia, red, pink and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panels and metallic frame

Straws, 2015

Fuchia, red, pink and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panels and metallic frame

78.75 x 98.4 x 9 in / 200 x 250 x 23 cm

Green Straws, 2015, Green plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Green Straws, 2015

Green plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø 24 x 10 in / Ø 60 x 25 cm

Orange Straws, 2015, Orange plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Orange Straws, 2015

Orange plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø 20 x 8 in / Ø 50 x 20 cm

Yellow Straws, 2015, Yellow plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Yellow Straws, 2015

Yellow plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

 Ø 24 x 10 in / Ø 60 x 25 cm 

Red Straws, 2015, Bicolor red and black plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Red Straws, 2015

Bicolor red and black plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø15.7 x 8.6 in / Ø 40 x 22 cm

Blue Straws, 2015, Bicolor blue and black and sky-blue plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Blue Straws, 2015

Bicolor blue and black and sky-blue plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø8 x 8.2 in / Ø 20 x 21 cm

Green Straws, 2015, Green plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Green Straws, 2015

Green plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø 12 x 6 in / Ø 30 x 15 cm

 

Orange Straws, 2015, Orange and yellow  plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Orange Straws, 2015

Orange and yellow  plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø 8 x 6 in / Ø 20 x 15 cm

White Straws, 2015, White and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

White Straws, 2015

White and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø 39 x 8.6 in / Ø 100 x 22 cm 

Black Straws, 2015, Black and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Black Straws, 2015

Black and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panel and metallic frame

Ø 39 x 8.6 in / Ø100 x 22 cm

Black Straws, 2015, Black and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panels and metallic frames

Black Straws, 2015

Black and transparent plastic drinking straws on wooden panels and metallic frames

61 x 44.8 x 8.6 in / 155 x 114 x 22 cm

Spiderballs, 2014, Grey, fuchsia, red and blue plastic cobweb dusters on metallic net and wooden panel, metallic frame

Spiderballs, 2014

Grey, fuchsia, red and blue plastic cobweb dusters on metallic net and wooden panel, metallic frame

Ø 47 x 10 in / Ø 120 x 25 cm 

Spiderballs, 2014, Grey, green, yellow and blue plastic cobweb dusters on metallic net and wooden panel, metallic frame

Spiderballs, 2014

Grey, green, yellow and blue plastic cobweb dusters on metallic net and wooden panel, metallic frame

47.25 x 35.4 x 10 in / 120 x 90 x 25 cm

Iceberg, 2016, Transparent plastic drinking straws on mirror polished Plexiglas and metallic frame

Iceberg, 2016

Transparent plastic drinking straws on mirror polished Plexiglas and metallic frame

Ø 39 x 9.4 in / Ø 130 x 24 cm

Frappa, 2015, White neoprene on mirror polished Plexiglas and metallic frame

Frappa, 2015

White neoprene on mirror polished Plexiglas and metallic frame

Ø 39 x 10 in / Ø 100 x 25 cm

Frappa, 2016, White and grey neoprene on wooden panel and metallic frame

Frappa, 2016

White and grey neoprene on wooden panel and metallic frame

55 x 27.5 x 8.6 in / 140 x 70 x 22 cm

Frappa, 2016 , Black neoprene on wooden panel and metallic frame

Frappa, 2016 

Black neoprene on wooden panel and metallic frame

43 x 86 x 8.6 in / 110 x 220 x 22 cm (diptych)

Bozzoli, 2016, Site specific installation

Bozzoli, 2016

Site specific installation

Polyurethane foam

Dimensions Variable

Press Release

Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce Plastic Resonance, the first U.S. solo exhibition of Italian artist Francesca Pasquali, on view from September 8 – October 22, 2016.  Through the saturated hues of site specific installation, wall reliefs, and undulating, folded sculpture, Pasquali’s work redesigns the contours of organic forms through ready-made inorganic material, rendering elegant, playful designs.

 

In Pasquali’s work, inert plastic and industrial material—straws, neoprene, polyurethane foam, bristles, balloons—take on an appearance flush with life.  Often colorful and always laboriously arranged, cut drinking straws adopt the appearance of coral structures or microscopic topographies; vibrantly-hued plastic bursts for Spiderballs, once intended to serve as cobweb dusters, clustered on wall mounted reliefs, recall prolific sea urchins far more than prosaic domestic equipment.  Indeed, stripped of their use value, Pasquali’s materials at evoke the influence of Arte Povera in their quotidian banality turned into objects of uncanny movement and beauty.

 

For Pasquali, material is also metaphor. ‘Plastic’ means adaptable, prone to its environment, subject to being molded, to impressions, touch, or change. Likewise, works such as the polyurethane foam cocoons of the Bozzoli series, respond to the presence of the spectator.  The Frappa series, inspired by the layered Italian pastry of the same name, invites the caress of the viewer.  Their delicately patterned layers of black, white, or grey neoprene take on the appearance of flesh—animal, insect, or otherwise.

 

In this inaugural U.S. exhibition of Pasquali’s oeuvre, the evolutionary and mutative state of microcosmic textures of plants and animals is mirrored in the weaving of reused industrial plastic materials that form the core of her sculptural works.