The mixed media paintings in Ester Pugliese's Empirical Spaces exhibition at loop Gallery use Italian architecture to draw connections between seeing and hearing. The works identify spaces, environments and living things that bring acoustic qualities to mind, against a cacophony-like backdrop of colours and forms. Each work posits formal Roman architecture against the arched porches of Toronto homes as viewed on Google street view. The show is as much a playful look at Italian culture and identity, as it is a reflection on how we synthesize and extract colours, sounds and ideas from the stuff we observe.
Documented by Brian Burnett.