The Kent Place Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of artworks by Juno Zago from Monday, November 29 through Friday, January 28, 2022. Guests may view the show by appointment (see details below).
Juno Zago’s rich and intensely colored works on canvas combine drawn and painted figures, abstract forms, and found and collaged materials. Their surfaces weave in mass-produced product labels, printed photos, and elements of self-portraiture. There is a sense of constant movement, flickering color, and surprising details; a painting titled An Authentic Brazilian Experience includes an actual pair of the artist’s shoes.
Gallery Director Ken Weathersby states, “Zago’s paintings in Stolen Goods explore a constant crossing of borders. They mingle images that are different in kind to create new effects. Fragments of real soda cans are lifted from their original use and put in the service of a painterly grid. The sparkle of their manufactured colors is taken from the world of products and becomes abstract art. In a work called Andy, from the Stolen Goods Series, Warhol’s face appears, a "stolen" image, and a reference to Pop art’s strategies. These are energetic, intensely visual canvases. They speak of things of the everyday world and also suggest a personal, even autobiographical vision.”
Zago says of his art, “My works dwell on themes like introspection and sexuality, as well as Internet/meme culture – not so much the humor, but the fast-paced, image-based nature that sees pictures appropriated in inventive and unexpected ways. I use quotidian and dispensable materials.”
Juno Zago was born in Brazil. He came to the US in 2005 where he’s since lived in and around Newark, New Jersey. He holds a BA in visual art from Ramapo College. He has been an artist in residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark since 2017, and has exhibited at Gallery Aferro, Index Art Center, Equal Space, and Akwaaba Gallery in Newark, and Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY. He is a 2020 grantee recipient of the Newark Artist Accelerator Fund.
For an appointment to view the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Ken Weathersby, at email@example.com. The Kent Place Gallery is on the campus of Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ.
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