Various Venues, Chicago

One of the artists who typifies a predilection here for the figurative rather than the abstract or the geometric is Dominick Di Meo. Since the early ’50s his work has been infused with both Expressionist and Surrealist tendencies. In the early work, the former, cast in a very personal manner, was dominant but Surrealist elements of fantasy and mystery were allowed full play in a series of relief paintings which came at the end of the ’50s. and the early ’60s. As in the reliefs of Halkin and the scumbling of Golub’s painting, the material itself was given an important role in the final result. Di Meo’s reliefs were heavily encrusted and impressed, and they often included various additional materials or objects such as bones, etc. Sometimes large but as a rule moderate in size the image was found in the punctures, imprints, and cracks of the surface—outspread arms, hands and fingers. Skull-like

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