Traffic East – Christian Viveros-Faune, Independant Curator – Art critic @The Village Voice NY, NY – 2012
Bill Maggio’s most recent series of paintings, titled “Paint As Presence,” recall the dark landscapes one sees in sleep or the shapes that appear when trying to adjust one’s eyes to the dark. Inspired by On Presence, Ralph Harper’s mystical-existential exploration of the mysteries of the human imaginations, Bill Maggio’s latest paintings evoke the obscure but lingering figure every viewer sees when encountering abstraction. Made material through the magic of paint, that silhouette remains there, hidden in light and revealed in shadow. Painted in layers and in a reduced grisaille palette, Maggio’s textured canvas and wood panels appear, alternately, like the craggy topographies of faces dimly remembered or portals- presences that are strange, somber and ultimately revelatory.