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Serena Bocchino’s work has been favored with solo exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, New Orleans and elsewhere in the United States as well as in China, France and Italy. She has also been featured in significant group exhibitions nationally and in Europe, and is represented in important public and private collections. In 2015, her work was reviewed by Jonathan Goodman in the Brooklyn Rail. Most recently she completed the Eileen Klotz Family Foundation studio residency at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, where she experimented with three-dimensional forms. Her 2017 series of sculptures debuted at the J. Cacciola Gallery W Winter Invitational Exhibition in January 2018. Her dynamic working method has been the subject of various film documentaries, which were screened in such notable venues as the New York International Film and Video Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, and on PBS television.
Bocchino’s paintings are not merely cold examinations through abstraction; her work also embodies emotion, encompassing the entire emotional spectrum from the dynamic to the delicate. To experience Bocchino’s work is to experience an emotional journey, a willingness to participate in an adventure that elicits as much thrill as peace, as much wonder as recognition. In this respect, her work recalls the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, especially the “action paintings” of Jackson Pollock. But where Pollock, and the New York School in general, were concerned with breaking the boundaries of painting and re-configuring it from an outward observation to an inward one, Bocchino allows herself to leap back and forth from the internal universe to the external one, from the mind to the soul to the cosmos and back again.
Her unconventional choice of enamel paint adds to the adventure. Her ability to control its properties, taking advantage of its natural gloss or sublimate that gloss into an overall texture, bespeaks an artist who respects discipline but uses it in rebellious ways. Whether in paint, graphite, or other applications, Bocchino takes their properties outside their traditions.