TURN Gallery presents Mason Saltarrelli in INCANDESCENT TRAVELER opening Wednesday April 24th. This marks his second solo exhibition at the gallery.
Work is love made visible. - Kahlil Gibran
Recently standing in Central Park, I realized that much of my practice aligns with the sky. A celestial appearance results from relying heavily on feelings to paint. Intuition offers chance a silent but clear voice. Often my paintings are hybrid acts of intentional adoration and intuitive thought. My internal hope, the selfish reason I paint, is to stay in contact with the animals and people who I love. My external motive is to offer a springboard for the viewer to explore. The same characters are used regularly. The figure of a doll, my dog “Bird”, portrait hairdos, “Blackjaw” the alligator voyage across each picture plane. Their individual appearances morph through variations of form and color. Presented now at TURN Gallery are portraits of my favorite Incandescent Travelers. - Mason Saltarrelli
Mason Saltarrelli’s recent solo and two-person exhibitions include a solo presentation at Art Rotterdam with Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019); a two-person presentation with Malin Gabriella Nordin at Market Art Fair with Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden (2019); solo exhibition at Ace Hotel, New York, NY (2018); King Cake Baby, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark (2017); Thurman Munson, Marvin Gardens, Queens, NY (2017); La Deuce: Mason Saltarrelli and Bill Saylor, Shrine, New York, NY (2017); Acoustic Tulips, TURN Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Raw Intuition: Mason Saltarrelli and Chuck Manion, TURN Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Humphrey Henry Harry Hulahoop The Third, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, NY (2015). Saltarrelli has participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Morán Morán, Los Angeles, CA; Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY; Geukens and DeVil, Knokke, Belgium; Feuer Mesler, New York, NY; Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden; Retrospective, Hudson, NY, among others. His most recent residency was at The Macedonia Institute, Chatham, NY. Mason Saltarrelli was born 1979 in New Orleans, LA. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.