Monday, January 27, 2020

Chiachio and Giannone at Lux Art Institute: Painting with Needles and Thread

by Patricia Frischer

Chiachio and Giannone at Lux Art Institute (1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024) from Jan 25 to March 21. More info: 760.436.6611.

One of the challenges I like best about art is that it makes you look at ordinary things in a completely different way. And if those ordinary things are recycled objects....that is all for the better. Re-purposing items and saving them from the land fill is a service to the whole community. Leo Chiachio & Daniel Giannone made me look at kitty cats with new eyes and  did this by embroidering over parts of old tapestry vignettes adding geometric shapes and bright colors in an off kilter way that stops you in your tracks. 

In their show and residency at Lux, you can see their work station with drawings and lots of small scales works but it is the giant triptych that hits you in the face. They take the tapestry format and makes it their own. They place themselves, their friends and their pets into the scenes which are perspectiveless.  They create something very rich in texture which only gets more interesting the closer you get. This is a new sort of Latin American art which is personal to these partners from Buenos Aires who have shown their art extensively throughout the world. 

Chiachio & Giannone invite you to bring in to Lux your own bits of fabric to contribute to their palette. You should also watch for a presentation of some sort at the Studio Door in Hillcrest during their residency. 

The Artists

Their work station

Studies with samples

Three details to follow. 

detail of above

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