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View of “Jacopo Miliani, Fay Nicolson, Jackson Sprague,” 2015.

View of “Jacopo Miliani, Fay Nicolson, Jackson Sprague,” 2015.


Jacopo Miliani, Fay Nicolson, Jackson Sprague

Frutta | Rome
Via dei Salumi, 53
July 9–September 5, 2015

In this group show, Jacopo Miliani, Fay Nicolson, and Jackson Sprague reflect on the body and its expressive capacities through various connected means. The works benefit from an installation that emphasizes their dialectical character. See Miliani’s three sculptures—Cupid, Devil, and Adolescent (all 2015)—made [of knotted ropes cast in bronze, which represent a concrete translation of a muscular gesture. This is also underscored by the wooden bases that support the works, whose lumber’s striations echo those of the twisted rope. There are four 2015 canvases by Nicolson—Dream Job, Less Work, Work with Rhythm, and Overworked Rhythm—each of which incorporates painted stripes and prints of geometric hands and arms, whose soft gestural quality recalls an unknown dance. Last but not least, there are three sculptures by Sprague. The Artist’s Wife, 2015, is two-dimensional and hung from the ceiling, and Breathing Heads, 2014, is three-dimensional and on the floor. Both are made with painted wood, and bring to mind studies of the communicative potential of the face, executed via an ironic reinterpretation of Picassian post-Cubist work. Finally, Hard not to be clumsy when analyzing my impulses, my mind asks: is this right? and then it answers yes or no further examines the historical avant-gardes.

Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.