MARCO LUCCIO: 23rd MAY – 8th JUNE

May 23, 2017June 8, 2017

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NEW YORK MYTHIC

The broad and nuanced artistic vision Luccio has developed throughout a career spanning almost 25 years is on full display in New York Mythic, a selection of prints chosen especially for Port Jackson Press from an ambitious and extensive body of work. The collection of drypoints and etchings that make up the exhibition feature a new take on Luccio’s concrete muse.

In these pieces, expansive, lofty perspectives together with impressionistic vignettes are shown to dramatic effect. The multiple personalities of this assertive and storied city and are brought to life in Luccio’s signature vigorous and unflinching style. This is New York as you have not seen her before; a multi-faceted homage to a city that is as much myth as material.

Aficionados of Luccio’s gritty, cityscape drypoints will be awed by the immense power conveyed in the large-scale works contained in New York Mythic. It is as if the momentous human forces that push the story of this city forward and define its contours are mirrored in the sense of force, push and pull that was required of Luccio when working with 6-feet-wide copper plates. Importantly, this physical effort has allowed Luccio to produce great gesture, surprise, responsiveness and expression and they emanate a strong sense of the energy, movement and flow of brash New York City life. Also apparent throughout is the sense of urgency and activity that occurs when the artist engages with his subject intuitively and instinctively.

Complementing the drypoints made from towering vantage points—think the views afforded by the highest heights of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings—are those created in situ amid the hustle, bustle and jostle of New York’s buzzing street life. For Luccio, the city’s “assault on the senses” is electrifying; with it’s history written on all its architecture, filling the streets with art and culture of every kind, it is an endless source of inspiration.

New York Mythic becomes New York itself –as alive on paper as it is in the flesh. It captures the beating heart of New York, including iconic landmarks such as the Chrysler building and the Empire State as well as Luccio’s favorite New York diner, Eisenbergs. This embodiment is no more apparent than in the two, six foot wide drypoints included in the exhibition – the artist’s biggest to date. In these prints, Luccio evokes a sense of New York not just of how it is seen, but how it is felt. The scale and the details it affords allows the viewer’s mind to boggle at the city’s magnificence, mimicking the way one’s mind and body reacts when confronted by the vast metropolis.

In New York Mythic Luccio’s uncompromisingly bold style meets its match in a city of similar ilk. It’s an inspiring and energising exhibition showcasing the work of an artist who, like his subject matter, is deeply original, immediately recognisable and constantly evolving.

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New York Mythic 6

New York Mythic 6

Marco Luccio

Drypoint

90 x 180 cm

Edition length: 25

Year of Print: 2016

$7,895.00 inc. GST

New York Mythic 7

New York Mythic 7

Marco Luccio

Drypoint

90 x 180 cm

Edition length: 25

Year of Print: 2016

$7,895.00 inc. GST

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Marco Luccio

Etching

I was thrilled to be able to capture the cranes working away at the final parts of Freedom Tower. I sat on the concrete and scratched directly onto my zinc etching plate to create a sense of energy and expression. This is a significant piece for me as I remember watching the World Trade Centre under attack when I was living in Kinglake, a countryside town near Melbourne Australia, and I hastily scratched images directly on to plates as it was happening at the time. I think this was a coping mechanism in dealing with what I was observing. To be in New York and depict the building that replaced the towers was a very special and important experience. The thin wire dropping from the cranes above appeared like spiders weaving the final parts of a web. Collections: New York Historical Society

24.5 x 20 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2013

$1,395.00 inc. GST

The Flatiron from the Side

The Flatiron from the Side

Marco Luccio

Etching

What I loved about sitting in New York and scratching out this image was the water tower floating above the buildings, the wonderful shapes of adjoining architecture and of course the almost bizarre shape that the Flatiron takes on from this perspective. This angle really shows how different the flatiron appears from every angle. Like any great work of art, this building gives the viewer a chance to reinterpret and re-evaluate what the building might mean to them. I could only make images like this after many close and laboured hours of drawing meticulous details to really gain an understanding of this building. I love the way the building thins out at the front and how it appears so wide and broad from this angle. Collections: New York Historical Society

24.5 x 20 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2013

$1,395.00 inc. GST

Eisenbergs 3

Eisenbergs 3

Marco Luccio

Etching

Eisenbergs is my favourite diner in New York. It's such a quirky and wonderful place to eat. It is a classic New York diner, still in its original time capsule, with wonderful shiny metal stools with red cushion tops and an Art Deco interior lit throughout by beautiful stage like bulbs. Signs on the wall read 'Matzo Ball Soup' and 'Pepsi'. As a visitor and an artist who loves this type of theatrical everyday setting, it is a visually exciting subject to depict. The people behind the counter wear white classic diner hats and the walls are covered with photos of the owner, Josh, with stars and celebrities. I guess I love the Eisenbergs because it offers great architectural possibilities whilst capturing an everyday American human aspect that is not often seen in my work. You must visit - order an Eisenburger and a rice pudding!

20 x 25 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2013

$1,395.00 inc. GST

New York Mythic 5

New York Mythic 5

Marco Luccio

Drypoint

In this image I wanted to capture a sense of New York as a wild organism with its streets forming canyons rising up, rather than the way New York is often depicted, with flat streets disappearing to a flat perspective. The inspiration came from a sketch made on site in the Chrysler building looking downtown where I drew without taking my pen off the page. I wanted to create a sense of vibration, a feeling of primal expression and movement. The buildings are depicted in a way to seem like totems, a representation of buildings rather than of buildings themselves. I wanted the image to feel like it may have been drawn by someone who had never seen a city before, perhaps someone from early human time. Contrary to its modern status, New York to me has a primitive quality, despite it containing some of the most beautiful vistas in the world and greatest modern architecture and design.

88 x 88 cm

Edition length: 25

Year of Print: 2016

$3,895.00 inc. GST

Night Time in New York

Night Time in New York

Marco Luccio

Etching

This was scratched initially in situ, high above New York from the Solow building, then etched deeply back in Australia. I love New York from comics. This is one of my interpretations of Gotham City. You can see the Empire and the Chrysler. It's great when the two stars of the city join forces in the one composition. I was excited to have some cranes around them giving the sense of a city always changing and evolving. The deep and rich shadows were exciting to draw. I think night scenes always have a great sense of mystery and strangeness and I loved carving out the buildings from one to the other using light and dark which gave me the chance to create an image with striking chiaroscuro. Collections: New York Historical Society

20 x 24.5 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2013

$1,395.00 inc. GST

Crowds and Flatiron

Crowds and Flatiron

Marco Luccio

Etching

This image gives the viewer a sense of human scale with its sea of people in a mad rush below the stunning, and architecturally awesome, Flatiron Building. The Flatiron is one of my favourite buildings in New York and I return to it every trip. It appears much like a floating ship with its beautiful stone skyscraper facade and its metal skeleton construction making it as historically significant as it is beautiful. From above in particular, one can see clearly why it is named the Flatiron Building due to its shape being much like an old iron. I sat and scratched initially in situ on the concrete traffic island between 23rd Street and Maddison Square Park. It is this working on site that inspires me. I was driven by the interaction between the terrific hustle and bustle of the city and my constant search to try and capture it. This live interaction helps me to create a sense of energy, vitality and impressionistic quality. I have purposely left plate tone in sections of the image to create light and dark and a sense of weight and power. To me, one of the most striking aspects of this vista is the negative space around the buildings offering a great opportunity for a wonderful composition. The Flatiron is one of my favourite buildings in New York and I return to it every trip. It appears much like a floating ship with its beautiful stone skyscraper facade and its metal skeleton construction making it as historically significant as it is beautiful. From above in particular, one can see clearly why it is named the Flatiron Building due to its shape being much like an old iron. I sat and scratched initially in situ on the concrete traffic island between 23rd Street and Maddison Square Park. It is this working on site that inspires me. I was driven by the interaction between the terrific hustle and bustle of the city and my constant search to try and capture it. This live interaction helps me to create a sense of energy, vitality and impressionistic quality. I have purposely left plate tone in sections of the image to create light and dark and a sense of weight and power. To me, one of the most striking aspects of this vista is the negative space around the buildings offering a great opportunity for a wonderful composition. Collections: New York Historical Society

24.5 x 20 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2013

$1,695.00 inc. GST