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Jeronimo Elespe | Jackie Saccoccio

3rd Floor

January 15 – March 27, 2021

an abstract drawing with colored pencil and ink

Jeronimo Elespe
Consider, 2020
Ink and pencil on paper
5.63 x 3.7 inches (14.3 x 9.4 cm)

JE 193

an abstract multicolored drawing

Jackie Saccoccio

Untitled, 2020
Oil pastel on paper
23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches (59.7 x 42.5 cm)

JSa 481

Van Doren Waxter is very pleased to present a two-person exhibition of drawings by American painter Jackie Saccoccio and Spanish artist Jeronimo Elespe. This special presentation of recent works on paper forms a conversation between two artists who intuitively push drawing and formlessness with visionary effect; each artist's propulsive surfaces generate optically charged field-like compositions within this traditionally intimate format, stimulating a formal tete-a-tete. The exhibition features work in ink, gouache, and pencil by Elespe (2019 - 2020) and oil pastels by Saccoccio (all 2020), and will be on view by appointment at 23 East 73rd Street from January 15 through March 27, 2021. This is the first exhibition that highlights the respective drawing practices of these two artists, who are well known individually for their careers in painting, yet are very accomplished, bold draftsmen and colorists.


The drawings of Jeronimo Elespe and Jackie Saccoccio exist in liminal territories, in spaces informed by phenomenological experience, pattern, schema, and presence. While chiefly abstract in manifestation, they present tessellated fields and loose structures, and carry networks of various life, both intellectual and emotional, in an effort to understand it. Elespe's systems and grids rigorously maintain a graphically dark and moody palette, in brown, greys, and inky blacks; each picture seems to present a threshold to a scene or occurrence at night. Saccoccio, by contrast, assuredly deploys curled marks and lines in saturated color against the open white fields of a page; flecks, smudges, and strokes in bright yellows, blues and tangerine encourage sensations of light, nature, and landscape. There is an acute sense of distillation and discipline, of process, and of isolated looking, in how Elespe and Saccoccio generate their work. A possible interchange between the two artists occurs, about ideas of field, image, and abstraction, and a desire to explore how a painter organizes, structures, and subverts the elemental world through drawing and mark-making. 


Jeronimo Elespe was born 1975 in Madrid, where he lives and works currently.  He was educated at Yale, CT (MFA) and The School of Visual Arts, NY (BFA).  Solo exhibitions include Van Doren Waxter, NY (2018); Maisterravalbuena, Madrid (2018); LABOR, Mexico City (2015); Eleven Rivington, NY (2015, 2013, 2011); Ivorypress, Madrid (2014); Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Maridd (2012, 2009); and El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Malaga), Spain (2012).  Elespe’s work is included in the collections of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Monographic publications on the artist include The Antipodal Room, published by Ivorypress (2014), which includes an interview with the artist and Hans-Ulrich Obrist; and Tacitos y sordos, published by CAC Malaga (2012), with text by the curator Dan Byers.

Jackie Saccoccio, who was born 1963, currently lives and works in CT. She was educated at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (MFA) and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (BFA). Saccoccio is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including The Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome; Guggenheim Grant; Fulbright  Grant; Art Production Fund /  Monet Foundation Giverny residency; Artadia NADA Award;  and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Saccoccio's recent exhibition with Van Doren Waxter and CHART (2020), was featured and reviewed in The New Yorker, Vogue, The Brooklyn Rail, Time Out New York, and Artnet News; she currently has a solo show in Japan, at The Club, Tokyo (Fall 2020). Saccoccio's works are included in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Rose Art Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; The Nerman Museum; RISD Museum; and The Addison Gallery of American Art.