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Patricia Low Venezia presents “Our Secret Garden” by Amy Bessone, April 1 at 6pm

Patricia Low Venezia presents “Our Secret Garden” by Amy Bessone, April 1 at 6pm
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Patricia Low Contemporary announce a solo show by LA-based artist Amy Bessone x Patricia Low Venezia, a brand new gallery located on the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice’s museum district, Dorsoduro.

Titled “Our Secret Garden” and running from April 1 to May 13, the exhibition comprises an array of paintings and a sculptural work that picture archetypal figures, either alone or in groups, in obscure environments pulsating with color. Echoes of painted figures by Ingres, Picabia, Munch and De Chirico, among others, merge with suggestions of classical and neo-classical architecture, cartouches, and desert oases. Referencing multiple art-historical and architectural sources, yet reconfigured into ambiguous, dream-like settings, and executed in an intense, almost digital palette, the paintings combine a sense of the ethereal with the hyperreal. In one painting, a reclining nude is seen in a midnight garden along a path leading to a small arched structure; in another, a figure stands in contrapposto pose beside a head on a plinth. Elsewhere, a bronze mask on a pedestal stares hollow-eyed at the viewer, while in another painting, a collection of figures and masks seems to be emerging from a haze of pinks and blues. Motifs including trees, arched recesses and an island fortress recur throughout, alongside the various figures in their particular poses – which also appear in miniature three-dimensional form as part of a diorama, where they are reminiscent of chess pieces. In doing so, Bessone returns these figures, which she paints from sculptures found on auction websites and sundry other sources, to sculptural form. The vignettes in which they appear make up an immersive, if also indeterminate, narrative – a charged, female-centric world of lush foliage, alcoves and abundant bodies, and a site of reclamation and reactivation for objectified forms.

ADDRESS Patricia Low Venezia, Palazzo Contarini Michiel, Dorsoduro 2793, Venice (vaporetto stop Ca’ Rezzonico)
OPENING HOURS Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm

Amy Bessone, Soft Bronze, 2023 Oil on canvas 183 x 152 cm (72 x 60 in)
Photo by Jeff McLane, courtesy the artist and Patricia Low Venezia

From Patricia Low: “Arriving in Venice by taxi boat is always magical. This last time was made even more surreal by the sight of men and women at work on my future gallery, in a small Renaissance palazzo facing the Grand Canal. Marcel Proust described this feeling best: ‘When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become – incredibly, but quite simply – my address.’ Becoming part of the fabric of this city is a great privilege. As my passions for art and the Serenissima merge, I am thrilled to share with my artists yet another dream-like location in which to show their work”.

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