Vertical Repose at Panepinto Galleries

For Immediate Release


September 28 – October 28, 2012

Opening Reception: September 28th, 6-10pm

Panepinto Galleries is pleased to present Vertical Repose, a group exhibition

curated by Emily Santangelo.

Vertical painting is a process of high drama, finishing in a crescendo,

simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating us in its formal orientation. Its theater of

aspiration, the sense of reaching vs. acceptance and surrender, the act of jumping

and diving or traveling up and down in our eye movement, the unknown above us

as well as the somewhat better known at or below our feet, all play a critical role in

the process, the creation and the experience of the vertical work. Unlike horizontal

imagery, which inescapably speaks of landscape and the reclining figure—in which

the observer holds a passive role—the vertical image demands active participation.

It pushes back at the viewer, “mirroring” the body, creating an internal space for

that audience to engage in a reciprocal dialogue, one that mirrors the surface while

allowing the projection of one's individual history onto the image.

The work exhibited in Vertical Repose aims to elicit such articulations of verticality.

Pulling from a variety of mediums and artistic approaches, the exhibition does not

seek to fuse together an underlying conceptual premise geared towards a

contextual narrative but rather, to use the orientation of the frame as a staging area

for a particular and predetermined type of aesthetic contemplation. It is through this

vertical dimension that we experience the work of art and in turn, ourselves.

Featured artists include John Baldessari, Andrea Belag, Kate Carey, John

D'Agostino, Rachel Friedberg, Stephen Gross, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth,

Elizabeth T. Jones, Chris Pelletiere, Kara L. Rooney, Anthony Roselli and Richard


Gallery hours are September 28th from 6-10pm and by appointment.

For further information, please contact the gallery:

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