New York

Franco Ciarlo

Iolas Gallery and Fordham University Library, Lincoln Center

Riding New York’s elevated subway lines, one looks down at what Franco Ciarlo calls “contemporary antiquity”—sides of to-be-demolished buildings with peeling paint and dirt silhouetting the absence of radiators, armchairs and paintings. His work has been inspired by the imprints of objects, spaces and lives which remain on the flanks of those buildings that once adjoined structures now razed to rubble.

Titled “Reflections of Demolition,” Ciarlo’s technique and product are reflections both of the site of demolition and the act of demolishing. The pigment of these “murals” or “frescoes” is carefully removed from the buildings and transferred to a stained canvas. The large canvases often consist of more than one panel, separated by a gap which represents the wall that once divided two rooms. Ciarlo’s method and completed work are at once an act of destruction and an act of restoring that which

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