Osvaldo Mariscotti: Kaleidoscope

25 February - 16 April 2022
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Kaleidoscope
  • Upsilon Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new space at 23 East 67th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with an inaugural exhibition "Kaleidoscope," featuring multi-media works by Italian-American artist Osvaldo Mariscotti. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.


    Mariscotti dedicates much of his practice to the study of human perception and the interaction of form and color. Taking cues from his artistic predecessors of non-objective and minimalist practice, Mariscotti maintains a resolute and programmatic rejection of the visual referent, and an affirmation of an autonomous artistic language that is both armed with a semiotic understanding of the creation of meaning and grounded in its own material properties. Ongoing experimentation with techniques within painting, sculpture and printmaking allows him to develop a new language, a code of sorts, to realize a playful dance straddling the worlds of the organic and inorganic into his intensely worked yet fresh and refined surfaces.


    He maintains a profound affinity with the linguistic insights articulated by lyrical poetic practices, celebrating the direct expressive qualities of the basic units of color as language — letters and words. Mariscotti’s method at first seems arbitrary, with chance playing a major role in the paintings, but, with closer examination, reveal a methodical if not mathematical precision, referencing models of conceptual allusion and illusion.


    Despite the myriad colors and complexity of forms in his work, he manages to deftly arrange and choreograph his mark making to create a sense of harmony. In the end, Mariscotti’s artworks leave the viewer with a renewed, joyful, and meaningful experience, one with a sense of appeal and sensory indulgence.

  • Born in 1960, Osvaldo Mariscotti's prolific career as printmaker, painter and sculptor has spanned over four decades, and his iconic...

    Born in 1960, Osvaldo Mariscotti's prolific career as printmaker, painter and sculptor has spanned over four decades, and his iconic images are internationally renowned. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in prestigious institutions around the world such as the MIIT Museum, Turin; the Malzfabrik, Berlin; the Chianciano Museum of Art, Chianciano Terme; the Galata Museum, Genoa; the Officina delle Zattere, Venice; the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona; Canova Museum, Possagno; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Giuseppe Sciortino, Monreale. In 2015, Mariscotti first participated in the 56th Venice Biennale with his now iconic Book of Color I.

  • "Hard-edge is just as important as gestural in my body of work, as on a personal level, they complement each other and allow me to achieve equilibrium. I like to think of my work as highly emotional, and so, each line and color is meant to evoke something different in the viewer."

     

    - Osvaldo Mariscotti

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Sonata 23 Triptych, 2017

    Oil on canvas (3 panels)

    48 x 120 x 1 1/2 inches, overall
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Spar, 2021

    Bronze
    18 x 11 x 18 1/2 inches
  • "Jerry Saltz once called Mark Rothko’s work “Buddhist Television” because of the effect his paintings have on the eyes and spirit of the viewer. Mr. Mariscotti’s work is not totally dissimilar from the experience of Rothko. Not as grand, but not nearly as painful or pessimistic."

     

    - Hazen Cuyler, "Upsilon Gallery Opens with First Exhibit," East Side Feed, 2022

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Infinity, 2014

    Oil on wood
    18 x 24 x 3 3/4 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2018

    Oil on canvas
    48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • "Take the time to examine this unique collection and soon their colorful vibrations radiate beyond the canvas, triggering our sensations and provoking primordial meaning. The playful shapes, childlike colors, and overall cleanliness contradict left over pencil lines. We contemplate eternal order and fate through a clear biological lens, while regularly confronted by an image of the artist, as draftsman, at work."

     

    - Hazen Cuyler, "Upsilon Gallery Opens with First Exhibit," East Side Feed, 2022

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2018

    Oil on canvas
    36 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2022

    Oil on canvas
    36 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • "Osvaldo Mariscotti invece offre una soluzione scultorea alla scomposizione cromatica, elevando i quattro colori rosso, verde, arancio e giallo come strutture tridimensionali, poggianti su di un principio basico nero che ha la funzione di rendere più assoluti i colori. È come se i quadri di Mondrian prendessero vita e si muovessero cibernetici sui piani, elevandosi a fasce solide, a bandiere incontaminate, a stendardi si purezza."

     

    Osvaldo Mariscotti offers a sculptural solution to chromatic decomposition, elevating the four colors red, green, orange and yellow as three-dimensional structures, resting on a black basic principle that has the function of making the colors more absolute. And as if Mondrian's paintings were to come to life and moved cybernetically on different planes, rising as solid strips, as pristine flags, as banners of purity.

     

    - Daniele Radini Tedeschi, "Tiltestetica: Neotransavantgarde," Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori, 2014

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Reflections II, 2018

    Oil on canvas with painted acrylic and wood
    31 x 41 x 3 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Reflections I, 2018

    Oil on canvas with painted acrylic and wood
    25 x 31 x 3 inches
  • "Informed and inspired by the exploration of principles between relationships connecting the idealistic analogies of Mondrian, Kandinsky, Duchamp and Cubo-Futurism, Osvaldo states, 'I like the work of Klee and Xul Solar too. But I always make a concerted effort always to try to remain independent of other artists' views and forms of expression, in order to remain original in my work.'"

     

    - Estelle Lovatt, "Osvaldo Mariscotti," Art of England, 2010

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2022

    Oil on canvas
    36 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2018

    Oil on canvas
    48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • "The exhibit propels us forward and we engage with obsessive, but playful, examinations of scale. Like gazing through the titular instrument, “Kaleidoscope” acutely defines our experience. Each new canvas offers a fresh rotation and the shapes you observed moments before are rearranged or replaced by some new configuration."

     

    - Hazen Cuyler, "Upsilon Gallery Opens with First Exhibit," East Side Feed, 2022

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Timeline, 2020

    Oil on canvas
    24 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Color Symphony 49 Triptych, 2016

    Oil on canvas (3 panels)
    72 x 120 x 1 1/2 inches, overall
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2018

    Oil on canvas
    48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Firenze, 2021

    Oil and enamel on canvas

    36 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Book of Color G1, 2016
    Oil and enamel on wood (2 panels joined by metal hinges)
    S. 24 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches, overall

  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled Triptych, 2022

    Oil on canvas (3 panels)
    48 x 108 x 1 1/2 inches, overall
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Melody, 2017

    Oil on canvas
    48 x 48 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Curves, 2019

    Oil on canvas
    48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Osvaldo Mariscotti

    Untitled, 2018

    Oil on wood
    48 x 36 x 1 1/2 inches