Random Allegory at Luxe Gallery

Luxe Gallery, 24 West 27th St., NYC,  is proud to present Random Allegory, the second solo show of Richard Pasquarelli. In highly charged, psychologically dark paintings Richard Pasquarelli explores uncomfortable human circumstances in ambiguous narratives filled with disturbing innuendoes.  His disquieting images, situated at home or out in the City, feature places and subjects that all relate to one another through their common references to noir motifs fraught with sadness and even a touch of evil.  From headline news items on crime and forensics to the pathos of loneliness, empty rooms, secrets and suburban blight, the artist finds himself drawn to the dark side of existence.  This attitude toward life provides the underpinnings of his new Random Allegory series. (Cont'd)

Freedom, Installation View 

   Random Allegory , Installation View

Random Allegory, Installation View

  Random Allegory  , Installation View

Random Allegory, Installation View

  Random Allegory  , Installation View

Random Allegory, Installation View

  Random Allegory  , Installation View

Random Allegory, Installation View

Pasquarelli creates crisp cutting edge paintings that lure the viewer with mysterious colors and seductive, gorgeous scenes. Gradually the observer realizes that the pictures convey undefined ramifications. The sleek polished surfaces display cold black and white reflections that suggest the impersonal atmospheres of institutional settings like hospitals or jails.  Pasquarelli's visually elegant allegories are rife with allusions to sanitized but seamy circumstances that elicit the feeling that something has gone very wrong. One senses that the sad or sordid dark side of the story that his works obliquely hint at is waiting to be uncovered and completed by the viewer.

 


Overbrook III, 45 x 60, Oil enamel on canvas

 
 


Man Ascening Stairs, 60 x 45, Oil enamel on canvas

 
 

 
Cate, 32 x 43, Oil enamel on canvas

 

   
Red Car
, 32 x 43, Oil enamel on canvas

 

   
Innocent Man
, 32 x 43, Oil enamel on canvas

 

 
Lock Box
, 32 x 43, Oil enamel on canvas

 
 


Feet (self portrait), 28 x 22, Oil enamel on canvas

 
 


Windows at Night, 22 x 28, Oil enamel on canvas