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Review

iPop | Tria Gallery

Serena Bocchino, "Fresh." 2009

iPop by Serena Bocchino delves into the knick-knacks of popular culture and comes out shining with bouquets of pastel colored flowers looming over small sculptures of rabbits, squirrels and birds.  Since when has abstraction looked so good when used in a flora-and-fauna context? In iPop, the literal object is shamelessly primary and paired with the artist’s passion for bright colors.  Astroturf covers the gallery’s floor setting up the impression of a casual, backyard setting.  Within this altered environment, Bocchino takes one on a journey to a space of personal fantasy.

Various combinations of pastel yellow, blue, green, orange, pink and purple weave together and mesmerize.  The artist’s interest in gestural painting springs from her own interest in jazz music.  The process, moreover, of is completely unbound from academic restraints.  By taking on subject matter that is both ahistoric and thematically abstract, Bocchino leans toward the decorative but each piece succeeds in its hypnotic effect.

iPop declares that irony is dead.  Instead these paintings are about a naïve, psychological pleasure that is entirely separate from either the shocking grotesque or the political protest.  Bocchino’s passion of bright colors culminates in this small selection of teasers that momentarily justify the slightly abstract representations of those sweet things in life.  It is as if Bocchino wants to add something bright to our new world of gray.  If there is ever a feeling of guilt by association, this show is definitely it.

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