Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York (SP20)
Like many of his Pop Art contemporaries, D’Arcangelo found inspiration in the everyday and in mass culture. One significant inspiration was that of the American highway.
The vast network of sprawling roads, iconic signs and endless vistas defines a very particular moment in this country’s psyche – one which the artist explores from the driver’s seat. He transforms medians, barriers and roadside signs into compositional elements in engaging works from the 60s and 70s.
For Spotlight, as a kind of tongue-in-cheek pairing, D’Arcangelo’s iconic, cleanly graphic road paintings will be juxtaposed with John Chamberlain’s crushed car sculptures. Known for his distinctive creations executed in heterogeneous materials, the sculptor utilizes salvaged automotive metal that is mangled and distorted. The idea is to incorporate recognizable car refuse, which is the underpinning of Chamberlain’s approach to sculpture, and the idea of American travel poignantly expressed in D’Arcangelo’s emblematic “autospaces.”