Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason” photography show at The Lunch Box Gallery

Miami, FL – The Lunch Box Gallery, in conjunction with contemporary art webzine from Spain, Area Zinc, are pleased to announce the new exhibition Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason, showcasing the photographs of 8 artists who have been previously published in Area Zinc. The opening reception is on May 12th, 2012 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at 310 NW. 24th St. Miami, FL 33127.

After a rigorous selection process, a body of works have been chosen that convey the idea of photography as an exercise for the imagination. All the pieces in this show reveal fictional situations, scenarios, objects and even narratives that defy not only the way we see and associate the elements that surround us, but as well challenge the limits of photography as an art form. The artworks confront the traditional idea that a photograph reflects reality, and they also deal with the diversity of outside influences that photographers have incorporated into their images when utilizing other methods of creation and techniques that weren’t necessarily there in the original take.

 

 

The use of technology, digital manipulation, 3D design, illustration, collage, graphics tablet, among many others, indeed transform the image to become “something else”, taking the shape of oneiric expressions and illusions that unleash conceptual and personal imaginations. Nevertheless, even though many of the images reveal nonexistent places, forms and circumstances, they all depart from elements of real life taken with a camera, and at the end, they may become verisimilar to the eye of the beholder thanks to the mastery in merging all the elements together; just like a dream that feels real when dreaming it. Pre-conceived techniques during the taking of the photograph as well as in post-production, become the set for the visual trap, making the impossible, possible.

Awe, curiosity, open conclusions and unlimited meanings arise from the sometimes unconnected imagery that we observe, stimulating the individual appropriation of the photograph by giving the connotation each viewer wants to assign. Here, concept and technique together omit the laws of reason, entering into the dreams of those who create with fictional eyes.
Photographers participating in the show include Sandra Torralba (Spain), Stefano Bonazzi (Italy), Christopher Lee Donovan (USA), Michel Rajkovic (France), Serrah Russell (USA), Kaveh Hosseini (Germany), Polly Chandler (USA), Alba Tenas (Spain).

Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason will be opened to the public on Saturday, May 12th from 6:00pm during the popular Gallery Walks, at 310 NW 24th. St. Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood Art District). Nevertheless, the gallery will be open that same day since 1:00pm.

More about Area Zinc: Founded in 2007 in Spain, this internationally renowned webzine is directed by Andres Vargas. More than 30 thematic editions have been published throughout the years, showcasing the artworks of more than 1,000 artists from all around the world. Area Zinc has been successfully giving voice to all mediums which include illustration, painting, sculpture, photography and more, always focused on representing the latest tendencies of these art forms. For more information, please visit http://www.area-zinc.com

The Lunch Box Gallery
310 NW. 24th St. Miami, FL 33127
http://www.thelunchboxgallery.com

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Antonio Santin – Solo show at MARC STRAUS Gallery NEW YORK

April 1st – May 6th, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 1st 5 – 7pm

299 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Marc Straus is pleased to present an exhibition of new large-scale paintings by Antonio Santin on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in New York.

Santin constructs eerie, arresting compositions that simultaneously attract and unsettle in their evocative depictions of sublimated desire. He orchestrates elaborate still-lifes, manipulating both objects and the human form to construct a space he describes as “more real than reality itself.” Each painting originates from a theatrically composed photograph by Santin, which itself is the result of a deliberate process. Visiting his subjects in their homes, he chooses their outfits and accessories from their personal belongings to assemble each vignette. He then transforms this photographic record into a painterly construct in oil on canvas that vacillates between a mimetic three-dimensional space and a heightened reality augmented by surprising shifts in texture and gesture. He creates a visceral tension between surface and space with a range of techniques that incorporate both the technical foundations of classical painting and unexpected alterations to the qualities of oil paint to re-assemble the sensory experiences of everyday life. Deeply rooted in the tradition of Spanish Tenebrism as well as his own training as a sculptor, Santin juxtaposes flattened planes with tangible forms carved by light and shadow to create a continuous perceptual dialogue in each work.

This exhibition brings together three related series of works from late 2011-2012 that incorporate the human form as a fetishized object to be hidden or revealed in images that often conjure a cinematic aesthetic. In works such as Der Damm des Riesen (2012), Santin furthers his interest in latent sexuality intertwined with morbid overtones. The rug series evolved from his ongoing interest in the opacity of fabric as a device to obscure the body with abstract patterns and textures. Each of these works brings the background into the foreground while a discernible figure hovers beneath the surface. In the monumental We Rot (2012) the wavering, raised carpet patterns contrast with the translucent, tonally complex base. At more than twelve feet wide, the intimate details invite close viewing while the outlines of a figure emerge from a distance. In Fiebre Amarilla (2011), the lumps and bulges underneath this carpet inject a corporeal uncertainty into this geometric canvas. His newest series of crocheted landscapes of the female form are at once a technical accomplishment of texture and a formal repositioning of the body as a distinct yet abstract mass.

Antonio Santín was born in Madrid, Spain in 1978. He received his Degree in Fine Arts from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2005. He was an artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Glogauer in Berlin (2006) and Centre dárt Contemporani Piramidon in Barcelona (2007). He has exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris and Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona as well as among numerous private collections worldwide. Public installations include a permanent sculpture commissioned by the city of Madrid in 2003. Antonio Santín lives and works in Berlin.

 

MARC STRAUS
299 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
P: 212-510-7646
F: 212-510-7647

Hours
Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00-6:00
Monday and Tuesday by appointment

http://marcstraus.com

http://www.antoniosantin.com

Kris Kuksi – Cute and Creepy

Cute and Creepy“, a museum exhibit at Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts, opens October 14 through November 20, 2011. Curated by Carrie Ann Baade, this exhibit will showcase many of the top Surreal and Pop-Surrealism artists active today including myself with Scott Brooks, Ray Caesar, Jessica Joslin, Laurie Lipton, Chris Mars, Elizabeth McGrath, Greg Simkins, and many others.

more info at: http://www.carrieannbaade.com/cuteandcreepy/artists.html

See some of Kris’ artworks at www.area-zinc.com

Chris Anthony at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

A CAPTURED SPECIES: New work by Chris Anthony
MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY
MAY 21st – JUNE 18th 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, MAY 21st 8-11pm
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
see some of chris’ artworks at www.area-zinc.com

Aaron Jasinski – G40 Art Show in Washington DC

Hi there,

Just a quick note. I will be in Washington DC this weekend, May 20-21 for the art exhibition “G40“. I’ll be showing a HUGE 16×8 foot mural as well as various paintings. The mural is the largest thing I’ve ever painted and I think it turned out pretty cool.

If you are in the area you really should check this out. Over 200 artists participating, live music, installations, and more.http://www.artwhino.com/_webapp_3886764/2011_G40

Event Location
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2213-2217 14th street NW (the corner of 14th and W NW)

G40 Exhibit Schedule:
Exhibit runs: May 19th-June 17th,  2011
Open Hours: Tuesday & Thursdays: 5 – 10pm,
Fridays & Saturdays: 12pm – 11pm
Sundays: 12pm – 6pm
Mondays: Closed