Not the notorious Long Island mobster restauranteur. Sadly.
To be clear, I am referring to the thirty-five year old Brooklynite michael delucia. Not the guy Nancy Esposito married
In the past, the artist DeLucia has created sculptures from brooms, mops, and chain-link fencing. Minimalist appropriation of the everyday. His new work remains simple and witty. But now flat. Mikey D generates digital designs that are then etched by machine onto household laminate sheets.
The use of 'fake' materials - marble or wood-grain effect laminate etc - can be read as a nod to Picasso and Braque and their playful cubist explorations of faux bois. The industrial ready-made sheets, carefully aligned, are something to make the Minimalists proud. However, by then by mechanically scratching away at the surface, revealing 'the truth,' a contemporary trend takes over.
Artist sets up a system, a machine creates the work. No paint flicks here.