September 24 - October 11
Instinctually we imbue nature with qualities of perfection. As children we are told of the world and all of its natural curiosities. We see and image of the world as composed by man and we are to accept it as simple truth. The aesthetics and standards of culture shape our process of understanding. This man-made spectacle of nature can illuminate primal human perspective.
In his new work, Cocciardi highlights the nuances explored in the printed representations of the natural world. His paintings recall a vivid personal initiation and connection to animal life forms. His use of material and application of paint allow these often sterile images preserved in natural history to become spontaneous and at times violent. The artist's commanding compositions create a link between the precious beginning of life and its futile end. Through a full-scale investigation Cocciardi unearths a new approach to his work and exhibits a demanding presence.