Los Angeles

Felice Canonico

Silvan Simone Gallery

Somber, monochromatic paintings executed in a complicated technical manner,—canvas stretched over glued cardboard and other materials over-painted with tonal dye-like washes,—resemble dark, classical rubbings. The result suggests memories of ash-covered ancient ruins. Canonico’s works are really collage-paintings, simultaneously possessing the crispness of assemblages and the chiaroscuro variety of depth of, say, an abstract Caravaggio. Much of their strength comes from this formal ambiguity of 3-dimensionality and illusory flat design. His forms summon up reliquary images which, in a peculiar way, relate him to the Scuola Metafisica.

Arthur Secunda