Jon Pestoni, Shelf Life, 2012, oil on canvas, 103 x 78 x 2 1/4".

Jon Pestoni

David Kordansky Gallery

Jon Pestoni, Shelf Life, 2012, oil on canvas, 103 x 78 x 2 1/4".

Although this first hometown solo show by artist Jon Pestoni was ostensibly an exhibition of formally motivated abstract compositions, the broad swaths of bold, often dry-brushed color that were characteristic of its seventeen medium- to large-scale paintings in fact served to physically frame a literal second layer of meaning beneath. For those who have followed Pestoni’s practice closely, these glimpses of figuration call to mind his earlier, rarely exhibited work—paintings that narratively address a rupture in Pestoni’s personal life, which, like the canvases, he chose to keep relatively private.

Of course, blocking out the symbolically charged images, as Pestoni did in the paintings on view at David Kordansky Gallery this winter, only intensifies their psychological resonance. In The Other One and Shelf Life (all works 2012), for example, the underlying depictions—amorphous

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