'Head Dressed' at Rosalux Gallery

<i>Arborist</i>, Toni Gallo

Arborist, Toni Gallo

The most recent works of artist Toni Gallo feature weightless images and portraits of people surrounded by the ephemera they sometimes get attached to. For instance, in his piece titled Fortune a woman stands in a vague environment while images of fortune cookies surround her, as if floating in space. In Red Coral Skirt, a woman is delicately sketched from the waist up, the rest of her form is a bright sea coral. [jump]

Gallo usually works with very large canvasses, but for "Head Dressed" the pieces are much smaller. There is a great gothic, antique quality to his paintings. At first glance his subject matter appears innocent enough, but that feeling is quickly replaced by the sense that he is hinting at alternate, deeper, mysterious personal histories.

There will be a public reception for Toni Gallo's "Head Dressed" from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 8. The show is open through July 31 at Rosalux Gallery (1224 Second St. NE, Minneapolis). Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.