The beginnings of the JDJ Tribeca gallery of the contemporary painter Bea Scaccia
JDJ is delighted to present With their striking characteristics, a solo exhibition by Italian multidisciplinary artist Bea Scaccia. This exhibition marks Scaccia’s first exhibition with the gallery and his first solo exhibition of paintings.
At the heart of Scaccia’s practice is the need to create characters and visual archetypes – often genderless, faceless and ageless – as a means of understanding oneself and others. Just like us, the characters in Scaccia’s paintings, drawings and animations arm themselves with costumes and possessions that speak to the roles they are trying to play and the identities they are trying to embody, especially with regard to the questions of class and gender.
This exhibition centers on a new body of paintings elaborated over the past two years, in which Scaccia’s figures seem entirely engulfed in their adornments: hair, jewels, lace, pompoms, fur, ribbons and crystals piled on top of each other. the others for points of absurdity. These objects evoke a sense of laborious costume and style that is tied to traditional and stereotypical notions of female beauty.
Scaccia’s inspirations for this new body of work include Venetian wigs, commedia dell’arte costumes, visual artists such as Domenico Gnoli and Leonor Fini, and in particular the Sunday ceremonial culture of his Italian childhood. Growing up in a small town in southern Italy, where traditional gender roles are paramount, Scaccia paints these accoutrements on top of each other so much that the piles of objects become absurd and look like creatures, disturbed by their exaggerated performance. of femininity and artifice.
Scaccia approaches his paintings with a sense of magical realism, as highly detailed paint strokes and impossibly fine brushstroke give way to strange tableaus. The paintings evoke a sense of historicity with their soothing yet slightly sinister gray-green palette and curls and curls reminiscent of 17th-century powdered wigs. The compositions evoke several readings at the same time: they function as masks or disguises, they convey a feeling of security or insecurity, they recall the vanity of still lifes which recall the transience of life and the sense of judgment. moral.
Beatrice Scaccia (born in 1978 in Frosinone, Italy, lives and works in New York) is an artist and writer. His visual works, which take the form of drawings, paintings and digital animations, explore the absurdity of the human condition. She has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the Katonah Museum of Art, New York (2021); Cuchifritos Gallery, New York (2014); and Ugo Ferranti Gallery, Rome (2010). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Magazzino Italian Art, New York (2020); The Center for the Worst Idea, Johannesburg (2020); Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington, DC (2016); and AIR Gallery, New York (2011), among others. His work is part of several public and private collections, including the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and the Portland Museum of Art.