HI FRUCTOSE MAGAZINE
6 page feature - vol. 41 October 2016.
ARRESTED MOTION :
Donald Kuspit : In Sergio Barrale’s Skull Spiral, 2016, in effect a doubled skull or two skulls in one, the death latent in life—the skull hidden in the head—confronts us. That’s clearly a physiognomy to remember, not to say unforgettable. One might say the memento mori is the ultimately expressive object. In his When Sleeping Things Wake, 2016—a work worthy of Goya and Redon—we are entirely in the realm of the unconscious, trapped in a nightmarish dream, in a morass of morbid creatures, embryonic monsters emerging from a swamp of suffering. Even more than in his Skull Spiral, Barrale gets inside our head, suggesting that we can’t get out of it—that there’s no escape from the unconscious, formless, monstrous, endlessly mutating. The insidious blending of light and shadow—the shadowy light, the luminous shadow—confirms its hellish hold on us, suggesting that there is no way back to consciousness, as Le Brun and Lavater thought when they gave its irrational passions rational form. WM
Artist A Day
Baltimore Sun - School 33 Art Center
“In the main gallery, Sergio Barrale's large-scale pastel and graphite drawings of priests and homeless men offer a deeply skeptical view of both the religious leaders and the marginalized individuals whom they purport to help. There's an irony in these gimlet- eyed portraits that seems lifted straight out of Breughel.” -Glenn McNatt