Selected works by Bart Exposito

Bart Exposito
The New Face Of Smiling

2005

acrylic on canvas

183 x 214cm

Bart Exposito’s geometric paintings don’t draw from utopian ideals or a revision of abstraction, but rather the cold neutrality of graphic design. More pop than pop, his flat pantone coloured canvases celebrate the zen-like fizz of commodified nothingness. Seducing with the plastic banality of album covers or corporate logos, Exposito’s The New Face of Smiling negotiates both aesthetics and its functions as cultural interface and lifestyle arbitration. Through his ultra-flat, airtight compositions Exposito enforces the impersonal and anonymous as a comforting numbness.

Bart Exposito
Slanted/Enchanted

2005

Acrylic on canvas

183 x 183cm

Reverberating in groovy brown and orange, Bart Exposito’s Slanted/Enchanted is an emblem of retro chic. Suggesting circuit boards or video game graphics, Exposito pits painting against virtual reality: his cold flawless canvas expands as a simulated field of non-existent space. Operating with cool detachment, Exposito’s hard-edged abstraction wavers as hypnotic entity; its mesmerising lines and voids flicker with unnatural energy, redolent of computer screens.

Bart Exposito
Earth 3

2006

Acrylic and

marker on canvas

In Earth 3 Exposito’s composition defies spatial perspective. Mapping out areas with quietly undulating tones, each hue claims a hierarchical order in the field of depth, setting up a system of optical rationale for painterly subversion. Using colour as a starting point for illusion, Exposito drafts a central motif of an impossibly twisted form; its blocky three dimensional suggestion delineated by flat graphic lines and off-kilter vanishing points that constantly float between foreground and distance.

Bart Exposito
Bubble & Scrape

2005

Acrylic and

marker on canvas

Emblazoned on the canvas in tasteful fashion tones, Exposito’s Bubble & Scrape seduces with its ultra-modern authority. Executed with a commercially slick finish, Exposito’s abstracted motif carries the weight of a design classic, cross referencing from iconic periods of the 20th c: from the geometric opulence of art deco to the space age ambition of the 60s. Reinventing these with a contemporary flair, Exposito’s work streamlines the aesthetics of desire, his painting posing as a luxuriant archetype of timeless beauty.

Bart Exposito
Cyclo

2006

Acrylic and marker on canvas

274.3 x 213.4 cm

Exposito’s seamless painting style takes its lineage from 60s minimalism, where forms and materials were pared down to their bare essence. Exposito’s bold motifs draw from the aesthetic styles of this period, combining associations to hippy aspiration and retronostalgia with their contemporary revival as design elegance, suburban chic, and commodity glamour. In Cyclo, Exposito’s curved pattern beacons with the simplified and understated power of a type-font, referencing both the subtle beauty of calligraphic contour, and the indistinction between – and complete conjugation of – form and content.

Bart Exposito
Untitled

2007

Acrylic on canvas

350.5 x 259 cm

Other Resources

findarticles.com - Bart Exposito - Review -by Bruce Hainley
Abstract but with glancing references to new technology and modular design, Bart Exposito's paintings demonstrate that the hard-edge vernacular has always resonated with the concept of futurity, even the futuristic.

lasvegasweekly.com
- Something for nothing, Exposito designs for the discerning eye
By Chuck Twardy
Ah, the restless, questing eye—always seeking orderly webs in the knotted snarl of chaos. To this preoccupation the paintings of Bart Exposito appeal.

texgal.com
A variety of Bart Exposito images

billmaynes.com - Bart Exposito at the Bill Maynes Gallery
Bart Exposito rarely allows for the eyes to settle on any of his compositions. Rather, a soothing, beguiling vortex of sharply delineated broad bands of tertiary color (retro in feel), encased in stark, black strips of various widths, against a white, or slightly off-white, ground, layered in a complex circuitry, at or near the surface of the composition, or lodged many levels beneath; like some gorgeous illogical schematic; sustains the restless momentum of the works.