The SACI New York Gallery is delighted to present Unsaid, an exhibition of photographs by 2017 MFA alumnus Andrew Gatti, opening February 13, 2020.
For our spring exhibition, Andrew Gatti, artist and SACI 2017 MFA alumnus, is coming to the SACI New York Gallery to exhibit a collection of new photographs. We are excited to present these recent works in a collection of 18 photographs, entitled Unsaid. The exhibition will be on view from February 13th to May 21st, 2020. An Opening Reception will be held on February 13th at 6:00pm.
ON VIEW: February 13th – May 21st, 2020 Closed until further notice
OPENING RECEPTION: February 13th at 6:00pm
SACI New York Gallery
454 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
Manhattan's West Chelsea neighborhood at 19th St and 10th Ave
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
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Unsaid is a series of photographic images paired with written sounds (phonetics), which aims to visually represent the dislocated joint that exists between language and media; An indirect correspondence between symbols and sounds, and sounds and ideas.
This body of work, made over three years from 2017-2019, engages in a reimagining of written pronunciations, as sounds, disassociated from their true meaning by representing them photographically, engendering new relationships for the ideas represented by the original word.
“I am delighted to share this body of work with the arts community in New York with the help of my Alma Mater, SACI. My time spent with the faculty and staff in Florence was crucial in my development as an artist, photographer, printmaker, and as an academic. I take solace knowing that the MFA programs, which the late Dean Davidson helped create, will support future students in mastering their craft and theory, in the same way that the program helped me to flourish." - Andrew Gatti
Andrew Gatti (b.1992 Denver, Colorado) is an American photographer and printmaker currently based in NYC. Andrew earned his BA from the University of Denver in 2014, and his MFA from SACI in Florence in 2017.
Gatti’s practice reflects a ponderous attitude towards the depiction of things. In this project, the idea involves the use of words as sounds, existing as signifiers for more complex ideas. The work enters into an uncomfortable space, dissecting the separation between spoken and written and how it can be mimicked in a visual register. There are motifs of memory as a theme being explored, as with all photography, but it doesn't relay a personal context, more of an alluded pejorative and general sense of the way things were. The work visually separates what is usually intertwined: photographic information in the color field, and the contrast value information.
“The image represents an idea, location, or feeling, that is attached to a word, which in turn is attached simultaneously to both a written (visual rep.) and spoken (auditory rep.). The written pronunciation bridges that space, because it is one method trying to describe the other but in its own terms.” - Andrew Gatti
This visual separation of “normally entangled” information acts as a mirror for how a phonetic sound both is and is not the word it is meant to signify. The written phonetic pronunciation is simply how a word should be said. It has this level of distance from the meaning of the word it is meant to represent; it becomes this visually pleasing odd collection of obscure and commonplace symbols.
Gatti takes strong inspiration from the surrealists, the symbolists, the abstract expressionists, as well as more contemporary research-based artists. Unsaid recalls the experimental combinations of different media found in Aspen Magazine of the late 1960’s, as well as being reminiscent of the synesthesia sound-based paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Gatti stated that he is also influenced by Ed Ruscha’s mountain series, Robert Smithson’s Yucatan Mirror Displacements, and photographers like Mario Giacomelli, Duane Michaels, and particularly Man Ray.
“My time spent in Florence represents an odd collection of fragmented memories for me. I feel two main things happened during my graduate studies: I honed my formal understanding of technique, and developed a profoundly deeper appreciation for critical theory and its application to the art-making process. Between the vast swathes of thought-provoking literature that Lucia, Jacopo, and Roberta would share with me, the technically intricate lessons imparted by Romeo, Kathy, and Gary, and the multitude of other individuals I met through the program, I gained so much more than just a diploma. I truly value the opportunity that was presented to me. I hope that so many others in years to come will have the same opportunity for personal growth through the MFA program.” - Andrew Gatti
Unsaid will be on display in our SACI New York Gallery space from February 13th to May 21st, 2020. Please join us for the Opening Reception on February 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for a chance to meet Andrew Gatti and learn more about the inspiration behind his work.
- Brianna Hayes, SACI New York Gallery Manager
Learn more about Andrew Gatti’s work on his website.
Discover more about the MFA in Photography program at SACI.