Monsieur Zohore, Daniel Boccato, Bill Saylor
Monsieur Zohore, Daniel Boccato, and Bill Saylor explore new dimensions of gestural abstraction, intersecting with suggestions of representational and figurative elements. Bold in form, color, and content, their varied practices engage with anthropocentric dominance over the natural world and the increasingly intensifying threat of climate change.
Monsieur Zohore’s practice is invested in the consumption and digestion of culture through the conflation of domestic quotidian labor with art production. Through performance, sculpture, installation and theater, his practices explore economics, art history, and labor through a humorous lens. Made specifically for the Dallas Art Fair, his new mixed media paintings make light of the production and commodification of fine art while simultaneously engaging in complicated compositional problems and political dialogues.
Much of Daniel Boccato’s work emphasizes the humility of bodily experience, illustrating the untamable corporeal functions possessed by humans and animals alike despite our attempts to assert anthropocentric dominance over the natural world. Boccato’s parrotpaintings engage another dimension of the artist’s practice; each work is a spontaneously executed rendering of a woman and a parrot, based on source imagery culled from vernacular iconography and art history.
Bill Saylor’s approach to topics of natural history, marine biology, and ecological crisis along with a freedom of materiality galvanize his distinct painting style. Built up with layers of splattered and poured paint, parts of Saylor’s canvases resemble chemical spills—motifs of environmental damage propelled by a frenetic and muscular application of paint smeared and scratched. Dense with recurring personal iconography, Saylor’s work demonstrates a profound engagement with environmental issues, using familiar iconography such as meteorology graphics to emphasize his concern for the ocean and its relationship to our changing climate.
April 20–23, 2023
Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201

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Saturday, April 22, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 23, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Image captions:
Monsieur Zohore, TAKE A PICTURE…IT WILL LAST LONGER , 1888-2023, Mixed media on canvas, 83 x 56 in.
Daniel Boccato, parrotpainting, 2020, Acrylic marker, gesso, graphite, ink, linen, paper, pva adhesive, wood, 12 x 10 x 1 in.
Bill Saylor, Untitled, 2015, Oil, flashe on canvas, 84 x 64 in.
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