FABIAN MARCACCIO ENGINEERED PAINTANTS
April 28 - June 4, 2017 Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland
The artist gained international attention in the 1990s when he began to make his series of "Paintants," or mutant paintings, that question the conventions of the medium in light of the burgeoning digital era. The series employs elements of digital photography and sculpture to emphasize and manipulate the spatial and temporal aspects of painting. Marcaccio's paintings are muscular and squirrely, often characterized by excess and ornamentation that is pushed into paradox with the ways in which the works are ultimately structural: The most fundamental elements of painting–canvas, brushstroke, stretcher–are emphasized so that they become the content of the work, rather than the means or support.