Angelina Gualdoni

Selected works by Angelina Gualdoni

Angelina Gualdoni
Midway

2005

Acrylic and oil on canvas

122 x 152.5

The mangled supports of a delapidated structure are silhouetted against a chemical sky like wild brambles. Midway belongs to a series of recent works depicting a world in constant change, prey to mankind's malevolent inattentiveness. Abandoned buildings are eaten up by the ground on which they once proudly stood, subservient partners in a dialogue between the natural and man-made over which they have relinquished control. The role of chance is apparent in both the painting's subject matter and technique. Drips, spills and stains create a force of abstraction that threatens to engulf what remains of the representational imagery.

Angelina Gualdoni
Praca dos Tres Poderes (Morning)

2005

Acrylic and oil on canvas

122 x 183
Praca dos Tres Poderes is a large, imposing square at the heart of Brasilia, the political capital of Brazil. Constructed between 1956 and 1960 to a design by visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer, and heralded as a landmark in contemporary urban planning, the city has come to be seen as a terrible utopian failure. Functionless, soul-numbing, and inhospitable to human trafffic, it today stands as a dated, retro icon, and a symbol of the death of Modernism itself. Gualdoni perfectly captures this emptiness, portraying a vast expanse of barren sky above the deserted pedestrian plaza, empty but for the discarded trolley of a popcorn vendor. The present, it is all too clear, is elsewhere, and the future is one of hushed uncertainty.

Angelina Gualdoni's Biography

1977 Born in San Francisco, California
Lives and works in Chicago and New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2007
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

2005
12 x 12: New Artists/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
In conjunction with Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye

2004
It is Happening Again, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003
Fringe City, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2002
Demo, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2005-2006
Le peintre de la vie moderne, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, Netherlands

2005
Built Against Site, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, Kansas
Volta 01, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Exploding Plastic Inevitable, curated by Scenic, Bergdorf Goodman, New York

2004
Strange Days, curated by Dominic Molon and Stacy Boris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Reality Check, Spike Gallery, New York, New York
Art Forum Berlin, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Artadia at Momentum, curated by Amada Cruz, Momentum Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2003
Untitled, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, New York
Rough Topography, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2002
Here and Now, curated by Greg Knight, Lanny Silvermann, James Rondeau, and Marianne Richter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
American Painters, Boston, Massachusetts
Art Basel Miami Beach, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Art Forum Berlin, Vedanta Gallery, Berlin Germany
Art Chicago 2002, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2001
…realidades imaginadas, Galerie Senda, Barcelona, Spain
Breathless, Lombard / Fried Fine Arts, New York
Arts Council Grant Recipients, Gallery 312, Chicago
Art Chicago ’01, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago
Team Air Express, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore
Art Miami 2001, Vedanta Gallery, Miami

2000
Landscape my Ass, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago
Arcadia Redesigned, Locus Gallery, St. Louis
whippersnapper II, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago
Group Show, The Great Space, Chicago
*.*, Gallery 400, Chicago

1999
Perfect Sleeper, Embassy Suites, Chicago

1998
New Blood, Workhorse, Baltimore
The Spring Show, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore
Artists Housing, Halcyon Gallery, Baltimore
Sunday Dinner, solo show, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore