A Review of "Creative Destruction" at Azarian McCullough

A Solo Exhibition for John Belardo

by Flora Armetta

John Belardo, <em>Sacred Garden</em>, 2018, Terra Cotta, 24 x 36 x 36 in.

In a provocative new solo exhibition, the artist John Belardo presents works that draw upon technical aspects of, and yet resist the strictures inherent in, the classical tradition. Belardo’s terra-cotta pieces and gestural drawings demonstrate a clear knowledge of artistic anatomy and seemingly traditional subject matter while playing with scale, form, and psychology. Figures within a single grouping may be of different sizes, their unique, unidealized features showing forcefully rendered emotional states. Drawings after Michelangelo are more stylistically akin to early modernists such as Picasso. These competing instincts are illustrated by the show’s title, “Creative Destruction.”

On view Monday, January 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2020. Reception on Wednesday, January 22, from 4 - 6 p.m.

Azarian McCullough Gallery
Costello Tower, St. Thomas Aquinas College
125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY