The largest work in Peter Gallo’s exhibition, Stultifera Navis (2008–11), depicts a creamy yellow ship floating on mostly bare canvas, surrounded by pale flesh-pink and tan daubs of oil paint. The sketchy painting feels like a dream image or a faint memory; it is as if the artist were trying to imagine the vessel into existence. To accompany the painterly touches, the canvas itself seems tattered. It is seemingly constructed from two pieces of fabric, the bottom edge hanging tawdrily down…
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