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May 10, 2006

{     Larry Mantello Tri-Sectional Resurrectional     }

His name is Spongebob SquarePants. He's yellow, square and is the center of interest in Larry Mantello's recent installation Tri-Sectional Resurrectional at Kustera Tilton Gallery in New York City. Images from the inexplicably successful low budget cartoon about a sponge and his friends in the sea is on towels, buckets, necklaces, mini-stereos, trinkets, baubles, balls, shoestrings, etc. They cascade from the ceiling to the floor like a master-marketer's waterfall. Faux pot leaves and banners of Bob Marley supply a visual subtext.

Mantello, a 41 year old native of Rockford, Illinois has worked in his apartment for the last 10 years. The expansive Tri-Sectional Resurrectional was constructed there in parts. "The length of the installation is the length of my living room. My ceilings are 9' (vs. 15' at the gallery) so I saw the completed work at the same time as everyone else."

Mantello picks up the pieces for his art at every step of his daily travels. "I look everywhere I go." he says. "I've found things at a residency in Costa Rica and recent trips to The Dominican Republic and Miami. Here in NYC I walk the streets constantly. I live in Harlem and I love the street life. I'm drawn to small shops, novelty stores, drugstores, and sidewalk vendors."

So what is Mantello saying when grouping this dollar store detritus? "Like most of my work, there is no conscious attempt to frame a literal interpretation of any one particular subject. Issues of race, materialism, and sexual identity are all fair game, as are many other subjects. I rely heavily on a world of visual and sensory overload to stage a living confusion. I have courted distraction as a means to focus. In the end, the pleasure I get from my work comes from excessive use of materials and the associations they arouse."

For Mantello, who has work in several public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, a number of things are happening. He just finished his website and he will have an installation at Art Rock (organized by Clementine Gallery) which will be on view at Rockefeller Center from May 9th-21st, 2006.

     » Art Rock organized by Clementine Gallery
     » Kustera Tilton Gallery
     » This piece was originally published in Germany's Zoo Magazine #10.


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