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View of “Matteo Callegari,” 2015. From left: SDGI, 2015; SDGII, 2015. Both from the series “Gradient Paintings,” 2014–15. Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi.

Matteo Callegari

Federico Vavassori

View of “Matteo Callegari,” 2015. From left: SDGI, 2015; SDGII, 2015. Both from the series “Gradient Paintings,” 2014–15. Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi.

This recent staging of Matteo Callegari’s new series of oil paintings, “Gradient Paintings” and “Scratch Paintings,” both 2014–15, displayed the artist’s engagement with the process of stratification. A close examination of each work reveals two layers, one superimposed over the other, featuring disparate approaches to form and mark-making. One layer appears to be a controlled reproduction of a digital image—the brushstrokes seem almost programmed—and the other layer is free and gestural. In the three “Scratch Paintings” on view, the more measured painting sits in the background, a saturated monochromatic support for the expressive marks, and in three “Gradient Paintings,” we see the inverse: The more sculptural, spontaneous brushstrokes (in red and violet hues) serve as a foundation for a flatly rendered lime-green image. Indeed, to produce these works, Callegari

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