hush

hush is an exhibition of paintings made of paint, charcoal, flocking and metal-based drawing materials, which focuses on resonance and the conduction of sound. The exhibition posits the concept that objects have a fixed natural frequency at which they will resonate in sympathy with an external sound, to a potentially destructive level. The works identify objects that are good resonators (buildings, bones, cilia) and others that serve to damp sounds and echoes by absorbing them (furniture, clothing, soft tissue).

The sooty underlying forms in these darkly layered paintings are like imaginary bone structures, organs, arteries and blood vessels illuminated with iodine for an x-ray image. The layered lines and shapes present a challenge to the eye to perform in a way similar to the way our ears can discern a chosen sound amidst a din. Constructing a mental picture of each tangled outline engages one’s short term visual memory.

hush was exhibited at AWOL Gallery, Toronto, September 11-21, 2008

 

 

04_E_Pugliese_hush 1.
hush
Acrylic, charcoal, chalk, oil pastel, flocking on panel
30 x 24 inches, 2008

 

 

06_E_Pugliese_church 2.
church
Acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, flocking on panel
30 x 36 inches, 2008

 

 

08_E_Pugliese_living_room_(diptych) 3.
living room (dipytch)
Acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, flocking on panel
30 x 48 inches
2008

 

 

10_E_Pugliese_boat 4.
boat
Acrylic, charcoal, chalk, oil pastel, flocking on panel
36 x 36 inches
2008

 

 

09_E_Pugliese_cottage 5.
cottage
Acrylic, charcoal, chalk, oil pastel, flocking on panel
24 x 24 inches
2008