Opening on Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, California is artist Francisco Diaz Scotto’s solo exhibition, “Patio Misionero.”
The exhibition features new paintings inspired by nostalgic memories found in a film camera at the artist’s family home in Misiones, Argenitina. Known for its subtropical weather and mostly jungle environment, Misiones creates a habitat of lush floral and plant life. The found film contains images of orchids and plants grown by his grandmother. Each frame unpacks images of joyful flowers and surface details of a domestic landscape frozen in time: the dishes in the kitchen, tables with plates and bowls strewn about them and lawn chairs resting under the eaves of a house.
“Patio Misionero” focuses on these lost moments from family memories and brings forward a world of mysterious scenes, rich in surroundings that are shadowed and idyllic. The artist incorporates floral patterns into backgrounds and tablecloths of his scenes as a tribute to Misiones vibrant vegetation, creating a balance between reality and artifice. Paying homage to his family and the rediscovered moments shared with his grandmother, Diaz Scotto creates an exuberant world in his work allowing the viewer to step into his lush and embellished imagined past.
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