John Mascaro first exhibition in Los Angeles at Petra Gallerie

New York artist John Mascaro will show his collection at Petra Gallerie in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM.

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home” – the title of John Mascaro’s first exhibition in Los Angeles at Petra Gallerie is taken from the opening lines of John Howard Payne’s Clari, Maid of Milan – most commonly known as Home Sweet Home.

The title references an ongoing project the artist and his studio, MUT-Architecture, in Paris, have undertaken to investigate the expanding phenomenon of dying cities which pepper the post-industrial landscape, the elegiac resonance of boarded up homes, and how such currents flow together with the growing problem of homelessness in America.

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Primarily through painting, Mascaro imbues the subject with the historical weight and contemplative focus of the medium. The project’s initial point of departure is Utica, New York – his home town.

Mascaro lives and works in Paris as a partner in the collective project called MUT-Architecture. He attended the Slade School of Art in London (2004) and spent the following three years as a guest artist at Acconci Studio in Brooklyn, New York where he learned the computer applications with which he sketches many of his projects.  He takes his wide-ranging points of reference from architecture, physics, and industrial engineering, along with a touch of native American legend, as he was raised in The Mohawk Valley.

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As an individual and a member of the collective his work has been exhibited in various galleries and institutions including Haven Arts, New York; The Cinematheque Francaise, Paris; CZKD, Belgrade; Spot Gallery, Los Angeles; Mut-Space, Paris; Kiosk Project, London – with numerous publications including Domus, DAMN magazine, MARK, Interior Design, DesignBoom, EAT OUT and French Interior.