By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, February 28, 2014
The title of Mason Saltarrelli’s solo exhibition, his second at Randall Scott Projects, suggests no abatement whatsoever in the abstract painter’s deep interest in spirituality, along with his predilection for oblique references. Like “Golden Cacti,” his enigmatically titled first show, “Pages From the Neon Bible” evokes multiple things, including John Kennedy Toole’s posthumously published first novel, a meditation on Southern Christianity written when the “A Confederacy of Dunces” author was still a teenager, and Arcade Fire’s second album. It also hints, if only vaguely, at a state of religious trance.
Born in New Orleans and based in Brooklyn, Saltarrelli paints intuitively, expressing himself through a highly personal, symbolic language. His latest show, which includes found--object sculptures that have influenced his recent mark--making, opens Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.