Vincent Calenzo, Pothole Diver, 2020

We are excited to exhibit this painting in our show Street Stories, opening at Brassworks Gallery on Dec 4th. Sign up for the show preview here:

Calenzo presents us with exactly what the title describes: a pothole diver. She pops out after busily scrubbing away the gunk underground. I interpreted the painting to be of someone who enters the sewer pipes of our minds to clean out all the underlying issues from our past that are unresolved, like how a psychologist might do so. Or perhaps the sewer pipes of our bodies, like a urologist.

Calenzo explains “It’s funny how the virus has changed my reading of it. It used to represent a willingness to probe under the surface in a quest for the truth. But now I see it tied into our current need for respirators and social-distancing. An accurate view of this painting might take a while.”

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