Gallery 219 presents Paul Greco: "Social Intercourse" opening reception
Eastfield College’s Gallery 219 will present "Social Intercourse," an exhibition featuring the collage work of artist Paul Greco. Greco’s densely layered collages using cutout illustrations from children's books are an artist’s commentary and a call for meaningful conversation concerning historical and contemporary socio-politics.
Greco painstakingly cuts human and animal figures, objects, and sometimes text from hundreds of children’s books. A visit to his studio reveals stacked storage bins full of cutout collage elements meticulously organized according to shared characteristics. Through thoughtful placement of these elements Greco carefully composes a darkly humorous critique of political struggles and Biblical theories. Satirical in nature, Greco’s collage work utilizes his comprehensive knowledge of art history themes, concepts, and compositional techniques while revealing his awareness of politics. Many of his collages use the Baroque technique of strong diagonals to create a dynamic composition. And he considers Norman Rockwell’s later, more politically charged paintings as an influence on his compositional style and content. Not one to shy away from the harshness of reality, Greco also turns to personal experience in his work.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through February 21.