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Jonathan Alfaro b.1982

"How to depict landscape without being a landscape painter that idealizes contemplative nature nor a Cartesian cartographer that arranges land? Jonathan's Alfaro paintings are pictorial thoughts if such language exists. Every of his canvas creates a pictorial estrangement regarding the "real" color of the nature he paints by observing, experiencing and feeling. But looking beyond, if we recognize landscape his abstract style does not have background nor figure. It takes us to a pollution limit between these two characteristics. … [Read More...]

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Sarah Dueth b.1974

If eyes are the windows to the soul, artist Sarah Dueth is one of our more unsettling glassblowers. In her voluminous “Girls” series, Dueth paints children whose bodies melt outward from glazed, haunted, world-weary eyes. Her elegant, eerie paintings—nearly 50 of them in total—are equal parts Gustav Klimt and Tim Burton, full of stark, imposing figures anchored by spectral glares. Their faces are raw glimpses into the unease of childhood, the discomfort of growing pains and the embarrassing memories that shape us even as adults. One … [Read More...]

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Jason Martin b.1970

  A young British artist, Mr. Martin paints by covering largish surfaces of stainless steel, aluminum and plexiglass with (usually) a single color of oil paint; he then pulls a fine, sometimes specially made comblike tool across the wet paint, creating striations that move up and down according to various intervals and rhythms. The electric-blue glide of ''Patrol'' wavers only slightly but nervously and consistently, like the results of lie-detector tests taken by the guiltless or dozens of flat-lining heart monitors. The marigold … [Read More...]

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Carolina Andrada b.1982

 “Seeing in the Woods” is a title that does not refer to María Zambrano’s clearings in the woods (nor to Martin Heidegger’s “Lichtung”) but to an open form of perception. It is a kind of perception that has been opened up or formed in the landscape of images in my own emotional memory. Let me explain: my landscapes are not a description of a physical territory. They are to a certain extent, as there are recognisable elements in them: a particular castle, a kind of tree, the shape of a fairy’s or a dancer’s slipper. They describe a … [Read More...]

Abakanowicz, Faces which are not portraits, No 20, 2004-05, gouache on paper, 90 x 64 cm, NON 44 760

Magdalena Abakanowicz: “Faces which are not portraits” (2004-2005)

The drawing series offers the vestige of a human face as a response to the headless figures that haunt the gallery. Egg shapes, echoed in other drawings, become phantoms of the human face. While the faces in this series reflect some of Abakanowicz’s features, they confront the viewer as depressed or terrified existential masks with hollowed eyes, sometimes expressing a deeply detached sense of withdrawal and inwardness. Their graphic power resides in the artist’s use of brusque strokes of black and white gouache that grasp at … [Read More...]

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Martin KLINE b.1961

    The ingenious use of encaustic -- dry pigments mixed with molten wax -- gives Martin Kline not only his painterly medium but his subject matter as well, in that the thick built-up surfaces of his panels, amazing in their accreted detail, have a materiality that is quite as sensuous as their imagery. By repeated brushing, he builds his motifs layer by layer, as in ''Mirage'' (1999), whose rough, ridged, overall pattern of dirty white strokes on brown closely resembles a tree lichen, and the mural-size ''Joy!'' (2002), an … [Read More...]

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Cai GUO-QUIANG b.1957

Cai Guo-Qiang is an artist using elements assigned to tradition who develops a contemporary work, thus demonstrating a dialogue between past and present. Difficult to classify, his work teaches us that the important thing is not always what is said, but how it is said. The artist offers a cryptic proposal that may be difficult for the spectator to understand, but that directly connects with the human heritage of the local communities where he stages his events. Drawing from eastern philosophical references he applies western … [Read More...]

Juan Baraja

Juan BARAJA b.1984

  As you make your way through the cathedral, in an almost inexplicable manner, you are filled with pride, with a subtle patience and feel a heartbreaking rush toward that deep heaven that is promised by so many, running away from the carnal whilst desperately seeking to find the divine. Without these purposes in mind I move ahead through the cement factory, finding places that have to do with the idea pursued in the Christian temple, that are far from the religious concept, but more relevant to the formal aspects of the building. … [Read More...]

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Lyle STARR b.1962

Lyle Starr takes 2-D design to sumptuous extremes. With meticulous care, he paints fields of overlapping silhouettes: flat, seemingly translucent shadows of animals, human figures, cartoon characters, cars and trucks, plants and bugs. Where these shapes overlap, colors mix and you have the kaleidoscopic illusion of disembodied transparencies layered in an indeterminately shifty and luminous space. Color schemes vary from canvas to canvas: the irregular patterning of mossy greens, woody browns and grays in ''Woodpile'' resembles … [Read More...]

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Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ b.1930

   "I feel overwhelmed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense. By unrepeatability within such quantity. A crowd of people or birds, insect or leaves, is a mysterious assemblage of variants of a certain prototype, a riddle of nature abhorrent to exact repetition or inability to produce it, just as a human hand can not repeat its own gesture". Magdalena Abakanowicz for many years has dealt with the issue of "the countless". Each of her figures is an individuality, with its own expression, with specific details of … [Read More...]