Region: Pacific Coast
Working from photographs culled from various media sources or shot by the artist himself, Foldesi's paintings are eerily familiar renderings of contemporary life. The photo-based compositions are spare, masterfully capturing only the essential details of a given scene. Blank backgrounds become endless skies, while trees burst to life against concrete jungles. Deserted gas stations and abandoned drive-through parking lots become monuments to our times. As a compositional element Foldesi often leaves large portions of the primed canvas unpainted. This creates an atmospheric distance that pervades our everyday lives. In all, this handling of paint exudes a calm confidence in which distorted picture planes and flattened out urban landscapes allow small signs of contemporary culture to mingle undefined. With these unconstrained compositions, Foldesi leaves the audience room to ascribe their own personal narratives to each canvas.