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Davide Cantoni

Daneyal Mahmood Gallery

Using perhaps the most appropriate method imaginable for the making of a summer show, Davide Cantoni produced the works in his recent debut outing at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery with the help of a classic childhood stunt: burning paper by using a magnifying glass to focus and direct the rays of the sun. Recalling instances of “destructive” painterly and graphic technique from Gustav Metzger’s “acid action paintings” to William S. Burroughs’s shot-peppered planks, the Brooklyn-based artist’s drawings exhibit a range and subtlety of marks and other traces that suggest he has invested considerable time in honing the technique (one might ascertain just how much time, perhaps, from the shade of his tan).

Working on thin, translucent vellum and using graphite powder to sketch out his images prior to charring, Cantoni imbues his work with a disarming fragility. Its ephemeral quality is all the more

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