Temporality NewYork 2019


TEMPORALITY at Boccara Art Gallery Brooklyn  – New York

28 february to 6 April 2019

Temporality, an Exhibition by Xavier Magaldi

Geneva and New York are an ocean apart, but Xavier Magaldi is bringing these two cities closer than ever in his new exhibition, titled Temporality. Geneva is a city focused on time, and more specifically the horological industry. Even so, life in Geneva is relaxed and peaceful. New York is a city where time takes on a special meaning, known as the New York minute. With his background in watchmaking, Magaldi understands both the mechanical aspects of timekeeping, and the cultural aspects that influence our shared history.

Magaldi lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. He draws inspiration from his foundation in graffiti art, specifically the wildstyle letter form, and his formal education in watchmaking. From his Geneva studio, Magaldi is exploring themes of the future in a way that both inspires the viewer and urges us all to examine our relationship with time. His monolithic guardian sculptures evoke a feeling of progress and stability, while his ultramodern paintings could be a look at what our cities will look like with skylines continuing to ascend. With the increasing urbanization of our world, Magaldi’s work is more relevant than ever.
Nicholas ManousosFebruary, 2019, New York City

BOCCARA ART Brooklyn maintains an impressive two floor exhibition space, which highlights an important collection of historically influential artists from the 20th century while simultaneously dedicating its space to emerging artists as well.

Liubov Belousova  Boccara Fine Art Brooklyn
The Guardian S100 – 2019
DAZE and MARE139
Nicholas Manousos

Opening: Thursday, February 28th, 6-9pm

Xavier Magaldi is a Swiss artist whose background in watchmaking forms a critical element of his current artistic practice. Magaldi’s paintings are rooted in a precision reminiscent of architectural draftsmanship, while his sculptures explore the jarring juxtaposition of a horological microcosm with the monumentality of massive wood sculptures. Merging graffiti and traditional painting techniques, Magaldi is able to combine two seemingly disparate art forms into one cohesive body of work.

Magaldi lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. He draws inspiration from his foundation in graffiti art, specifically the wildstyle letter form, and his formal education in watchmaking. From his Geneva studio, Magaldi is exploring themes of the future in a way that both inspires the viewer and urges us all to examine our relationship with time. His monolithic guardian sculptures evoke a feeling of progress and stability, while his ultramodern paintings could be a look at what our cities will look like with skylines continuing to ascend. With the increasing urbanization of our world, Magaldi’s work is more relevant than ever.

Time is an inherent source of inspiration in Magaldi’s work, an homage to horology which manifests itself through the time consuming detail-oriented geometric forms that appear in his paintings, as well as through the more spontaneous and free flowing gestures associated with graffiti.

It is precisely this specific attention to detail and layering that highlights Magaldi’s philosophical deconstruction of the horological process as well as a subsequent literal reconstruction of its tangible intricacies.

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