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Saccoccio’s Color Mazes, Balloon Gear, Fountain: Hot Art

March 29, 2012

``Portrait (Hermetic)'' by Jackie Saccoccio. The work is at Eleven Rivington gallery on the Lower East Side. Photographer: Jason Mandella/Eleven Rivington via Bloomberg

``Portrait (Hermetic)'' by Jackie Saccoccio. The work is at Eleven Rivington gallery on the Lower East Side. Photographer: Jason Mandella/Eleven Rivington via Bloomberg

Abstract painter Jackie Saccoccio’s new exhibition is titled “Portraits.”

Yet you’d be hard-pressed to discern a face among the pours, drips, rivulets and washes of color at Eleven Rivington gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The paint formed intricate, layered masses as it was moved around by rotating and tilting the canvas. It’s crackled in some places, like an Old Master.

In others, bubblegum-pink and apple-green burst through black webs or purple clouds. The brush is used to enhance or tame the drippings -- although there’s nothing tame about these unsettling labyrinths of color.

The paintings are $17,500. The exhibition runs through April 22 at 11 Rivington St.; +1-212-982-1930; http://www.elevenrivington.com.

Balloon Cave

The Polish-born artist known as Olek has used the old- fashioned craft of crocheting to cover the Wall Street Bull, a Mustang convertible and a rusty footbridge.

At Krause Gallery, she crochets with balloons instead of yarn. The space is dominated by a large, cave-like structure made with inflated balloons of all colors. Climb inside. It feels joyful underneath the laced dome.

The show also includes full-body crocheted balloon suits and photographs of people wearing them (in crocheted latex frames, of course).

One of the available suits is made for two people, with a shared middle leg that requires them to move as one. The piece is titled “Couples Therapy.”

Prices range from $1,800 to $8,500. “Synthetic Nature” runs through April 10 at 149 Orchard St.; +1-212-777-7799; http://www.krausegallery.com.

Fountains

Don’t be taken aback by a messy scaffolding structure in the window of Stephan Stoyanov Gallery down the street. It’s part of “Resisting the Immaterial,” an exhibition by Constance Armellino.

The scaffold props up a plaster wall with a drainpipe in the middle. Thick blue liquid is frozen in the act of spilling from the drain, falling to and splashing on the floor.

Nearby is a makeshift fountain, frothing with real, though alarmingly blue, water. Don’t drink it. The artist dissolved toilet-bowl cleaning tablets to achieve the color. Titled “The Paradiso Fountain,” the work was inspired by the plaza fountain in the Italian movie “Cinema Paradiso.”

During a recent visit, I was invited to hop on its plywood ledge and have a gin and tonic. For a moment it felt like the old country.

Prices range from $2,999.99 to $14,999.99. The show runs through April 1 at 29 Orchard St.; +1-212-343-4240.

(Katya Kazakina is a reporter for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the reporter of this story: Katya Kazakina in New York at kkazakina@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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