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Second Nature

David Trulli

October 24 – November 25, 2012

Pattern Recognition, 2011
Forest For the Trees, 2011
Just Like Heaven, 2011
Same As It Ever Was, 2011
Unguarded Moment, 2011
Sunspots, 2011 24 x 36 inches
Future Tense, 2011
Hot House Flower, 2012
Earth Bound, 2012
Suspicious Nature, 2012
Somewhere Gone, 2011
Vanishing Girl, 2011

David Trulli’s show Second Nature will open at Foley on Wednesday, October 24th. 

Trulli works primarily in scratchboard. He starts with a thin board, coats it in white clay, and covers the clay with a layer of black ink, which he then slowly and painstakingly scratches away to create his images. Trulli compares this technique to lighting a film set: “It starts out black and you add light.” A former cinematographer, Trulli blends that experience with his admiration of the master wood-engravers of the 1930’s to produce intricate works of art that resemble film noir scenes or graphic novels, embracing the chiaroscuro aesthetic of contrast between light and dark. 

The works, which often suggest themes of isolation, alienation, and anticipation, invite us to look more closely at the world around us. According to Artweek critic Charlene Roth, Trulli’s “black-and-white renderings show still moments, but these are a view of a gathering of energy before screams of panic.  They are pictures of the instant when the uncanny intrudes upon the here and now.”

David Trulli was born in New York, currently resides in Los Angeles, and has a studio in Hollywood. He has been profiled in the L.A. Times and his work has appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Artweek, Fabrik, ArtScene, Art Ltd. Magazine, and others. 

The exhibition will remain on view through November 25, 2012. Foley is open Wednesday – Sunday 12PM – 6PM. For more information or to request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or via email at