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.
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.
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.