Jackie Saccoccio: Spectral Hole

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 – Feb 17, 2018 4 – 5 am

1711 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present Spectral Hole, Jackie Saccoccio’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Through vibrant large-scale paintings and works on paper, Saccoccio’s improvisational practice examines the tension between gestural force and the fusion of color. Employing a series of controlled accidents, Saccoccio applies wet swaths of paint to her surface, aggressively tipping, turning, and pressing multiple canvases atop one another. This technique creates vast fields of overlaid colors, smudges, drips, and stains that spread like living, breathing entities across the surface of the work.

The exhibition, comprised of six large paintings on linen, is charged with implosive energy. Through the manipulation of surface and material, Saccoccio creates condensed networks of pigment that are both centralized and dispersed. Immersive in scale, the content is at once organized and chaotic, digitized and organic. Bold colors cascade into bright, delicate hues within a fragmented picture plane that refuses definitive identification. Titled Portrait or Place, these works dissipate into vistas and vortexes, alluding to the presence of both body and location. Saccoccio draws inspiration from a variety of art historical figures including George Seurat, Lee Bontecou, Jackson Pollack, Elizabeth Murray, and Sigmar Polke to create entrancing, dense, and diaphanous fields that draw the viewer in, insisting quiet contemplation to determine what is concealed and what is revealed by the surface of the painting.