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Andy Piedilato, Scroll Waves, 2011, alkyd and acrylic on canvas, 108 × 120".

Andy Piedilato

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Andy Piedilato, Scroll Waves, 2011, alkyd and acrylic on canvas, 108 × 120".

There’s something all too calculated, hyperarticulate, and luminously cold about Brooklyn-based artist Andy Piedilato’s paintings. The seven canvases that were on view in this exhibition were inspired by a friend’s new hobby: boatbuilding. But rather than honor this activity with something inspiring or warm—images of boats triumphantly setting out to sea, for example—Piedilato took a darker route, painting quasi-abstract scenes of seafaring disaster.

Scroll Waves, 2011, was the earliest painting in the exhibition; Endurance and Pinched Red Sail, both 2016, the most recent; Sea Snail, 2013, Pillars, 2014, and Wake and Ice Spine, both 2015, were made in-between. Piedilato trained as a medical illustrator, and his paintings have the meticulousness and descriptive precision that characterize that genre. They’re anatomically correct, as it were, reading as intricate drawings

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