Nicholas Pilato

"Nicholas Pilato"

January 10 - February 21, 2015

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of New York based artist Nicholas Pilato, opening on January 10 and on view through February 21, 2015.

For his solo exhibition, Pilato debuts a series of paintings consisting of concrete and oil paint on canvas. Each work combines gritty textures and a rich color palette evoking nature and organic substances. The paintings are material compositions, disrupted through varying phases of deterioration, abrasion, and formal displacement. The canvases are scraped and broken down into abstract gestures and diffuse patterning. This excavation creates surfaces of raw texture and color, invoking aspects of sedimentation, erosion and industrial decay.

Alongside the concrete and oil paintings, Pilato introduces compositions of hand-glazed commercial tiles. Undermining the minimalist relationship to the grid, the glossy surface of the ceramic paintings are more reminiscent of Roman glass vessels which reveal their luminosity through centuries of decomposition. In a further exploration of abstraction, these sensuous surfaces contrast the pitted matte painting on canvas.

Pilato’s work blurs the distinction between material incident and artist intervention. In the vein of Pierre Bonnard’s relationships between color and memory, the lyrical abstraction refrains from any direct representation—seeking to engage the viewer’s perception through displacement and familiarity. The idiosyncrasy of the work suspends any immediate tangibility, and instead invites multiple meanings to be drawn upon the textures, color, light, and materials that are pushed together with the artist’s distinct tempo and vitality.

Nicholas Pilato (b. 1986) lives and works in New York and received his MFA from Rutgers University, New Jersey in 2013. Recent exhibitions include group shows at IDEA Miami, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Michael Jon Gallery, Detroit and Museo Britanico Americano in Mexico City. Upcoming exhibition include a group show with Bryce Wolkowitz, New York and a solo presentation with Anat Ebgi at Miart, Milan in April.

Preview: Nicholas Pilato at Anat Ebgi,” Modern Painters, January 2015.

Nicholas Pilato

Nicholas Pilato

January 10 - February 21, 2015

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of New York based artist Nicholas Pilato, opening on January 10 and on view through February 21, 2015.

For his solo exhibition, Pilato debuts a series of paintings consisting of concrete and oil paint on canvas. Each work combines gritty textures and a rich color palette evoking nature and organic substances. The paintings are material compositions, disrupted through varying phases of deterioration, abrasion, and formal displacement. The canvases are scraped and broken down into abstract gestures and diffuse patterning. This excavation creates surfaces of raw texture and color, invoking aspects of sedimentation, erosion and industrial decay.

Alongside the concrete and oil paintings, Pilato introduces compositions of hand-glazed commercial tiles. Undermining the minimalist relationship to the grid, the glossy surface of the ceramic paintings are more reminiscent of Roman glass vessels which reveal their luminosity through centuries of decomposition. In a further exploration of abstraction, these sensuous surfaces contrast the pitted matte painting on canvas.

Pilato’s work blurs the distinction between material incident and artist intervention. In the vein of Pierre Bonnard’s relationships between color and memory, the lyrical abstraction refrains from any direct representation—seeking to engage the viewer’s perception through displacement and familiarity. The idiosyncrasy of the work suspends any immediate tangibility, and instead invites multiple meanings to be drawn upon the textures, color, light, and materials that are pushed together with the artist’s distinct tempo and vitality.

Nicholas Pilato (b. 1986) lives and works in New York and received his MFA from Rutgers University, New Jersey in 2013. Recent exhibitions include group shows at IDEA Miami, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Michael Jon Gallery, Detroit and Museo Britanico Americano in Mexico City. Upcoming exhibition include a group show with Bryce Wolkowitz, New York and a solo presentation with Anat Ebgi at Miart, Milan in April.

Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
Installation view, 2015
Nicholas Pilato
something like a spider (Detail), 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
77 x 67.25 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
something like a spider, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
77 x 67.25 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
Map over Mali (Detail), 2014
Hand glazed ceramic tiles
85.5 x 61 inches
Nicholas Pilato
Map over Mali, 2014
Hand glazed ceramic tiles
85.5 x 61 inches
Nicholas Pilato
wingwalker, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
77 x 67.25 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
Forever whenever, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
77 x 67.25 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
Eternal Present, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
43.25 x 31.21 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
Already, not yet, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
43.25 x 31.21 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
wingwalker, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
77 x 67.25 (framed)
Nicholas Pilato
Autumn Green, 2014
Oil and concrete on canvas
43.25 x 31.21 (framed)