Paul Manes and Armando Mariño

October 10 – November 7, 2009

Paul Manes is observing life through a magnifying glass. His paintings are views of common places taken to a new dimension. A stack of bowls becomes a different thing, simulating an abstract object. We wonder how he could dissect his world in that way, how could he see the inner beauty of everyday objects. He is bringing to our attention the fact that daily life has some enchantment, determined by the eye of the beholder.

Manes’ paintings are very expressionistic in the way that the brushstrokes prevail and take over the entire image. If we examine the pieces carefully we can distinguish the colors, layers upon layers applied to the canvas. The hyperrealist intentions vanish when we come really up close to the painting: it becomes an abstraction, a fragment of reality that has been taken out of context.

Paul Manes (b.1948, Austin, Texas), currently lives and works in New York. His works are part of important collections such as Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, New York, among others.

Armando Mariño on the other hand chooses to explore a controversial theme: petroleum’s impact on daily life.  He developed this theme intentionally, knowing that this body of work would be exhibited in the United States: bringing attention to oil here represents a satirical comment on several issues, both economic and social, with endless implications. That’s why he is using strong symbols such as the White House and the Lincoln Memorial.

He is also making the connection of the oil with the earth and the ecological impact of its exploitation.

The drawings lean toward the humorous side, in his play with the titles and their meaning. He selected Texas as the centre of his observations for obvious reason: it is the oil capital.

Armando Mariño (b. 1968, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba) currently lives and works in Spain. His works are in prestigious collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana; the Arizona Art Museum (ASU); University of Virginia Art Museum; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and Museo Extremeño Iberamericano de Arte Contemporáneo  (MEIAC), Spain among others.

Project Room: Pablo Soria

In the project room we will present a series of works by Pablo Soria. This series are nocturnal views of his bucolic rural landscapes. These are small collages in which he places his typical dilapidated country houses against the backdrop of a starry night. The evocative sensation of the image is reinforced by the darkness of the night.

Pablo Soria (b. 1964 Tucuman, Argentina) currently lives and works in Miami. His work has been extensively exhibited and can be found in collections such as Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Museo del Barrio, New York; Philip Morris Collection, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; and The Zabludowicz Collection, London, England among others.