• Dominick Di Meo
    Myself as Magician
    1972
    synthetic polymer transfer and charcoal on canvas
    22" x 26"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Floating Figures
    1973
    charcoal and synthetic polymer on canvas
    74" x 60"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Blue & Orange with Black Figures)
    1965
    acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
    74" x 60"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Limp Voyeur in a Humid Landscape
    1965
    synthetic polymer on canvas
    50" x 60"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Soft Bouquet
    1965
    acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
    60" x 50"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Head with Bones on Black)
    no date
    shaped synthetic polymer on canvas
    32" x 23.5"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Chrome Lozenge with Skulls)
    no date
    shaped synthetic polymer on canvas
    32" x 24"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Face with Forks)
    1968
    acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
    28.5" x 18"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Collage Sea with Mans Face on Top)
    1970
    acrylic, synthetic polymer and collage on canvas
    28" x 20"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Hello Max! Tick-Tock
    1966
    acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
    22" x 30"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Personage Writhing in Night
    1972
    synthetic polymer transfer on canvas
    26" x 30"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Jadwiga Dreams)
    1971
    synthetic polymer and cord on linen
    46.5" x 30.5"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled
    1971
    synthetic polymer and charcoal on linen
    30.5" x 42.5"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    The Bride Revisited (Cigars)
    1971
    synthetic polymer, collage and cord on linen
    34" x 28"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Shaped Canvas with Sunglasses and Red)
    1966
    acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
    36" x 33"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Black with Black Blob in the Middle)
    1972
    shaped synthetic polymer on canvas
    32" x 24"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Moon Watch)
    1972
    acrylic and synthetic polymer on canvas
    28" x 22"

  • Dominick Di Meo
    Untitled (Night Crawler)
    1970
    acrylic and synthetic polymer transfer on canvas
    16" x 20"


PRESS RELEASE

 

An inspiration to subsequent artists, including Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Art Green, Di Meo is one of Chicago’s key transitional figures and an artist of immense power and sensitivity. One of the original members of the so-called Monster Roster, a 1950s group of Chicago artists that included Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Cosmo Campoli, George Cohen, June Leaf, Ted Halkin, and Seymour Rosofsky, Di Meo’s Chicago-era work was ferociously unique and personal. His early paintings and drawings featured stressed, existentially tormented figures. He was deeply moved by his encounters with the catacombs of Mexico and Rome, and his dark, haunting images began to acquire a set of common icons, which included skulls and disarticulated limbs and bones. By the late ’50s, Di Meo was making reliefs, utilizing papier-mache, plastic wood, layers of vinyl and plaster. In 196, Di Meo spent a year in Italy, traveling, living in Florence, and working feverishly on his reliefs. When he returned to Chicago, he began painting large scale, creating a stunning series of works that combine synthetic polymer and various methods of stenciling. Playful and somewhat lighter in tone, but still possessed of a dark sense of humor, these glorious works were the last ones Di Meo showed during his tenure in Chicago. For this, Corbett vs. Dempsey’s first exhibition of Di Meo’s work, the selection concentrates on the first quarter century of his development, including the key pieces he made while living in Chicago. To celebrate his reintroduction, CvsD has produced a catalog documenting his achievement. Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, aptly titled his catalog essay: “Where Have You Been All My Life, Dominick Di Meo?”