Jean-Pierre Villafañe, Playtime on View at Charles Moffett in TriBeCa

 

 

 

Jean-Pierre Villafañe, Playtime, 2024, Oil on linen, 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and Charles Moffett Gallery

Charles Moffett has opened its doors to Playtime, Puerto Rican-born, New York-based artist Jean-Pierre Villafañe’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition comprises a new body of work, including oil paintings on linen, works on paper, and an architectural diorama, all of which Villafañe created during the esteemed Silver Art Projects residency that provides artists free studio space on the 28th floor of 4 World Trade Center. Ever the keen observer of his environment, Villafañe uses this insight into the Manhattan office to paint a narrative of the intricate dance between concealed individual desires and well-rehearsed corporate responsibility. Throughout this exhibition, Villafañe explores themes of power and illusion, fantasy and deviance, submission and irreverence, and sexuality and desire — all played out in an imagined yet eerily familiar “stage set” of the corporate office and performed by a troupe of traditional, white-collar workers.

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