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James Lecce
January 8 - February 7, 2004



For all the optical punch and movement displayed in Lecce's roiling, vibrant paintings, there also exists a unified feel akin to that produced in sectioned and polished agate. Surface seduction and structural depth merge into an instantaneous aesthetic whole. These works, with their glossy surfaces and sui generis appearance, approach an aesthetic ideal in the same way a plastic surgeonís constructions approach the physical ideal: in both cases, the presentation of an ostensibly effortless surface harmony belies a rigorous process of creation. Lecce carefully and slowly builds up seven layers of acrylic polymer emulsion, with the final, highly controlled layer fine-tuning the organic compositional elements below. The resulting paintings exhibit a flowing, alluring aura of pure plasticity that seems to simultaneously contain biology and refine it to a hyper-real level.
 
  James Lecce, Opal
Opal, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
84 X 42 inches
James Lecce, Wildcat
Wildcat, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
84 X 42 inches
James Lecce, Sonic Bloom
Sonic Bloom, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
84 X 42 inches
  James Lecce, High Dive
High Dive, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
84 X 42 inches
James Lecce, Glossy Jet
Glossy Jet, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
84 X 42 inches
James Lecce, Wipeout
Wipeout, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
Triptych, 36 x 20 inches each
  James Lecce, G
G, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
36 X 20 inches
James Lecce, Closer
Closer, 2003
Acrylic polymer emulsion
on panel
36 X 20 inches
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