New York

Joe Nicastri

Jason McCoy Gallery

Forbidding wooden boxes studded, porcupinelike, with rusty spines, Joe Nicastri’s sculptures open on surprisingly delicate—sometimes macabre-painted interiors depicting nude women and flowers, found objects, and often crushed seashells, or more of those rusty spines. The rugged, blackened, oxidized exteriors of the sculptures suggest sea urchins and treasure chests, decaying coffins, or some long lost Pandora’s box. The interiors offer no change of atmosphere, but tend to be more finished: Nicastri’s long career as a painter is evident in his delicate grisaille nudes and monochrome flowers on glazed black panels, and the sense of a somewhat morbid fascination with the fleeting and the fragile is accentuated by the inclusion of such found objects as dried flowers, blown duck and quail eggs, as well as the crushed shells reminiscent of the ashes left after a cremation.

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