|Eteri Chkadua, Paolo Maione, Jan Worst
The New York Times, 23 July, 2004, p. E31
23 July 2004
Each of the three artists having separate small solo exhibitions here blend references to Old World cultures with metaphorical narratives of modern psychological, social and moral experience.
The most compelling is Eteri Chkadua, who grew up in Soviet Georgia and now lives in the United States. With a traditionally trained hand, Ms. Chkadua paints mediumlarge Magic Realist images· of women who resemble herself. The paintings explore the wilder side of femininity, as in "Predator," in which a beautiful·young woman in a floppy scarlet hat and a black onepiece bathing suit, with long white talons on her toes, eyes the viewer seductively as she crouches on the sand near the ocean.
Paolo Maione, an Italian ceramist,produces comical polychrome tabletop narratives that look like the works of an unusually imaginative folk artisan. Babies, old men and women, skeletons and various animals recur in allegories of lust and foolishness, like the all-white image of a naked man with an erection, sleeping with his head against a barrel on which a little dog stands, playing a concertina.
In a painterly photorealist style, the Dutch artist Jan Worst creates views of rooms in palatial homes loaded with antique furnishings. In each he places two or three slightly creepy-looking children, disaffected adolescents or fashion models. The idea of young souls lost in spaces of such material abundance has potential, but Mr. Worst repeats himself rather than developing it in greater depth or complexity.
- Ken Johnson