Galleri Urbane presents Stephen D’Onofrio: "Market Research" opening reception
Galleri Urbane will present an exhibition of new work by Philadelphia-based artist Stephen D’Onofrio. Two years after D’Onofrio’s inaugural solo show with the gallery, "Market Research" builds
upon the artist’s recent use of the still life motif as an archetype for exploring the mass production of art in today’s retail-driven design industries.
In these new paintings, the classical composition of a still life begins to break down, edging towards abstraction through colliding and dissected imagery. D’Onofrio’s work frequently appropriates the visual language that accompanies mass-produced design objects, drawing extensively from domestic decorative elements such as imported vases or printed wallpaper. In his recent work, the artist has taken an interest in Still Life painting and its trajectory from 17th-century Dutch Masters to the genre’s assembly-line production in today’s global capitalist economy. D’Onofrio’s own meticulously painted still life canvases mimic the tropes of present-day commercial design and its highly curated formalism, offering a critique of the hyper-commodified art object.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through February 16.