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Mixed media New York artist and student Eric Mistretta seems to be making a splash. First, his quirky yet touching pieces that range from type on paper to type on balloons, taped doors to painted pantyhose and paintings/collages made with melted candles and smoke (just to name a few) appeared in the Virgins Show at the recently opened Family Business Gallery in Chelsea, a space opened through the collaborative forces of Maurizio Cattelan and New Museum director Massimiliano Gioni, and now he’ll be showing his work at the Affordable Art Fair starting Wednesday. These colorful, offbeat pieces that seem to use found materials, made me smile.
Born in Queens, NY, Mistretta is an MFA student at the School of Visual Arts, “makes a great bolognese” and keeps a food blog in a addition to his art blog.
Love the art, all of it, but his Open Wide blog, though too infrequently updated, may be even better. Kid is funny and smart and talented. Possibly my favorite C3 post of 2012.