ANTHEA ZITO
Noon
May 10 – May 28, 2016
Reception: Thursday, May 19, 6 – 9 PM

Anthea Zito presents Noon, a set of new oil paintings inspired by a menagerie held captive in the delineated spaces of suburban lawns and curbs, which form a crucible for light reflections, auras, and resemblances. The title of the show obliquely alludes to the essay, The Noon Complex, by the 1930s surrealist and sociologist, Roger Caillois, as the artist contemplates its relevance today. While the paintings are not meant to be categorically surreal, they are dreamlike and assemble a personal vocabulary of signs.
Saffron-stained raw linen vibrating against jewel-toned, smoothly primed fields unifies the collection. Ellipses and straight edges evoke manicured, chemically altered lawns for the more lyrical and painterly resemblances to inhabit. In one panel, garden statuary is included with a wink to mythology. With a result that is more enigmatic than narrative, the artist’s light sensitivity imbues subjectivity to her experiences of the outer world, such as a fox crossing the street during rush hour. The mundane becomes by turns, surreal, fantastical, or wry. Just like sunbathing climate deniers, these creatures luxuriate under the spell cast by the sun.

Anthea Zito graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Fine Arts and later from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ with an M.F.A. in Painting. In the interim she worked in Manhattan and attended classes at the Art Students League of New York. She has won numerous awards and her work belongs to many private collections. She lives with her family in Ridgewood, New Jersey on the edge of some woods bordering Paramus, the title of one of her paintings.
Saffron-stained raw linen vibrating against jewel-toned, smoothly primed fields unifies the collection. Ellipses and straight edges evoke manicured, chemically altered lawns for the more lyrical and painterly resemblances to inhabit. In one panel, garden statuary is included with a wink to mythology. With a result that is more enigmatic than narrative, the artist’s light sensitivity imbues subjectivity to her experiences of the outer world, such as a fox crossing the street during rush hour. The mundane becomes by turns, surreal, fantastical, or wry. Just like sunbathing climate deniers, these creatures luxuriate under the spell cast by the sun.

Anthea Zito graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Fine Arts and later from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ with an M.F.A. in Painting. In the interim she worked in Manhattan and attended classes at the Art Students League of New York. She has won numerous awards and her work belongs to many private collections. She lives with her family in Ridgewood, New Jersey on the edge of some woods bordering Paramus, the title of one of her paintings.