12/17/2018 - 2/08/2019
December 17th-February 8th
First Friday Receptions January 4th and February 1st
Gallery Tour, Thursday, January 31, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Artist, First Friday, February 1st, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Pacifico Silano, calls himself a “lens-based artist” and his work hardly calls to question why. Each piece is a selection of a previously printed photograph that is confined within a boundary determined by Silano and it’s important to note that what’s included in his lens is just as intentional as what is left out.
In his ‘After Silence’ series, Silano layers meaning as profoundly as he layers photographs, the majority of which are sourced from magazines belonging to former Whitney Museum curator, Richard Marshall. Silano challenges us all to consider private versus public, remembered versus forgotten, censored versus revealed. The more you look, the more meaning reveals itself to you; in one piece your eye follows the green potted plants atop the segmented black and white photos of a naked man until your eye lands on a garden hose held by a disembodied arm. What began as a compelling composition of domestic life becomes evidence of intimacy between two men. Which begs the question, are the two so different?
Silano creates by exploring print culture, the circulation of imagery, an LGBTQ identity. His work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and will be included in the upcoming exhibition “Fantasy America” at The Warhol Museum in 2020. He has had solo shows at ClampArt, New York City, and Baxter ST@CCNY. Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is a winner of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He is a 2016 fellow in Photography with the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Silano earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts and his BFA from PCA&D. We are proud to welcome him back.
Silano will be giving a gallery tour the evening of Thursday, January 31 between 5:30 pm-7:00 pm and will be available at the February First Friday reception from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.