January 12 until February 25, 2012 // FRIEDRICH PETZEL GALLERY // New York
Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce "Batman Returns," the third exhibition of new work by the New York-based artist Joyce Pensato. An illustrated catalogue, published by 38th Street Publishers with an accompanying essay by Ira G. Wool, is available on the occasion of the exhibition. The book commemorates the 32 years that the artist worked in her Olive Street studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, before re-locating to a new space in the spring of 2011.
For this exhibition, Joyce Pensato uses "Batman" as the predominant subject and inspiration for her paintings. "Batman" is a motif that first appeared in Pensato's drawings as early as the mid-1970's and has been used by the artist only periodically since, the last "Batman" painting, as singular work, having been executed in 1996. Pensato's resurrection of this iconic image sixteen years later marks an additional shift in her practice as it will be the first time that she has added various colors to what until now has been a strictly black, white and silver painting palette. Pastel color has played a role in Pensato's drawings over the years, but color in the paintings is new, and as with her drawings, the color element marks a layer within, simultaneously erased and darkened by the profuse and continual saturation of black and white enamel.