Portrait: Obtuse
Jackie Saccoccio
Portrait: Obtuse
Jackie Saccoccio (American; Contemporary, Abstract; b. 1963): Portrait: Obtuse, 2013. Oil and mica on linen, 79 x 79 inches (200.7 x 200.7 cm). Eleven Rivington, New York, NY, USA. Image: © Eleven Rivington. © Jackie Saccoccio. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"[Ridley Howard:] It's really interesting that your work engages Ab-Ex romanticism and post-mark ideas about material/drips as image and emblem. The two impulses melt into something else altogether. Vast swaths of color become shifting planes, drips like extensive and drawn circuits, a collaging of space that almost feels digital. David Reed and Frankenthaler both feel like antecedents...or Richter and Rothko...or Lichtenstein and Turner -- you cross a lot of wires.

[Jackie Saccoccio:] I sway more towards Polke than Richter, but Lichtenstein and Turner... Yes! Crossing wires does make for strange and delightful bedfellows. I think I've learned the most about Ab-Ex mark-making by studying Johns' Green Target, and Hudson River School painting through Pollack and Charles Burchfield. It sounds generic when I list a lot of artists whose work influences, but it's like mixing up some disparate -- you never know what can happen--nothing or everything. Last month it was Laurie Simmons and Ghirlandaio. Next week, Courbet and Rosemarie Trockel?" (Ridley Howard, "On Painting and Rome: Interview With Jackie Saccoccio." © 2013 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.)

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