Francesca Facciola “Evil Microwave (A New Era in Cooking)”

Hesse Flatow

poster for Francesca Facciola “Evil Microwave (A New Era in Cooking)”

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I thought of the title “Evil Microwave (A New Era in Cooking)” while I was melting large amounts of glycerin soap blocks in my microwave. I poured the liquid glycerin into a rubber mold of my face shaped like a bar of soap. After doing this for a week I felt like I was cooking up my own clones.

Hesse Flatow presents the debut solo exhibition of oil paintings by Francesca Facciola. Facciola’s paintings create a peculiar parallel universe, corralling stream-of-consciousness images with obsessive attention. Textures of hair, fur, metal, and marble are rendered in precise and luscious detail. Facciola’s diverse imagery is all pulled from strings of her personal memories. In “Parallel Universe,” Facciola depicts the moment when, as a toddler, she decided to never eat raisins again: a split in the fabric of time creating an alternate universe where a raisin-eating Fran exists, nibbling from a mirrored Sun-Maid box.

It is these kinds of intense and lighthearted imaginings that Facciola offers: humorous on their surface, but treated deeply seriously. A drunk sewing machine sews its own flag: “CABIN FEVER,” it cries as it lurches off the table into a sky of wispy clouds. A contour pharaoh emerges from Facciola’s parents’ marble shower wall. The saintly figure of Miss Piggy materializes in a hunk of raw chicken being prepped. The inanimate pulses and morphs under Facciola’s scrutiny, sticky glycerin becoming the artist’s own smiling face.

Francesca Facciola (b. 1994) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA in 2016 from the School of Visual Arts. Facciola’s work has been shown at Paddle Court Gallery, Art + Method, and Ortega y Gasset Projects, among others.



from February 20, 2020 to March 21, 2020
[Image: Francesca Facciola "Princesse Broglie" (2019) Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in.]

Opening Reception on 2020-02-20 from 18:00 to 20:00

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