Realized by Massimo De Carlo gallery, 2019
50 pages, hardcover
33 x 24 cm
The catalogue documents the April 2019 exhibition Eclipse at Massimo De Carlo Milan-Belgioioso.
“Mysticism and science are transferrable and inextricably related in Jennifer Guidi’s exhibition of paintings, Eclipse. Guidi’s unique practice of applying sand grounds with patterned divots, then over-painting with chroma-rich oils, intersects two and three-dimensional planes like sine waves or tiny sand dunes scalloping her surfaces. Her work furthers Modernist histories of minimalism and spiritual abstraction, recalling perhaps Agnes Martin’s subtle geometric repetitions or Hilma af Klint’s seraphic forms and auratic color gradients: occult renderings that connect earthly material to aether. Guidi’s meditative process of developing compositional radial systems, in which “starting points” generate centrifugal mark-making force that often begin slightly left to represent the heart as an energy source, manifest loose, spherical circulatory systems of elliptic ovals, like blood coursing through veins and arteries, pinning meridian points. In this suite of paintings, scalloped paint marks also recall moon phases, as the exhibition’s title suggests. Visual tension is sustained through breathless, sweeping movement and careful, slow method as Guidi’s self-described “mandalas” archive gestural contrast and opposition.