Jose Luis Cabrera
“Hues from the Complexion of the Heart”
Datran Center in Miami and Apex Angels & Co. is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by international artist Jose Luis Cabrera.
Cabrera will show a new body of work that continues the major themes of art as process, history both individual/collective, landscape from memory and myth in his work. These new large-scale landscape paintings are created from a variety of material like Oil, acrylic, composite gold, polymer, pulverized glass, oil paint skins, redeemed material and even sugar mixed in to the paint. The process of fusing these materials along with visceral subjects matter that oscillates between abstraction and representation, creates images charge with energy and tension. The exhibition's title, 'Hues from the Complexions of the Heart', is knowingly ironic. It refers both to the epic, viscous bursts of colors in the landscapes of these pictures but also to a common misquotation of a well-known phrase pronounced by William Thompson Bacon in 1837 which, while ostensibly encouraging cultural plurality; his poems went on to describe the modern human condition, that all of our actions are reflections of our true intensions of the soul.
The new paintings in this exhibition relate to a series that Cabrera began in 2007, using landscapes from the photographs and memories that he had taken on his travels during his childhood. These monumental paintings depict bountiful scene of dreams like places thickly painted in vivid colors, suggesting natural curiosities and ethereal existence but also entropy, as the display seems just past its point of perfection. The images Invites the viewer to dissolve in to these parallel worlds. The inherited quality in these images between abstraction and representation holds the possibility of its imminent collapse.
In some paintings the figures can be seen either painted within the landscape, emerging from the back ground – for example in 'M’s Quick Visit' (2012) – painted with mono chromatic tones and fragments brush stokes to make the image appear to emerge from nothing. As with all of Cabrera's works, the ambitious scale in these paintings envelops their viewers by submerging them visually into the picture. In ' Hues from the Complexion of the Heart' (2012), pastel colors and suggestions of flowers and foliage covers the canvas from the perspective of someone seeing a little girl within the flowers and, in another, 'Rose Beacon' (2012), the canvas is bisected by a tree trunks that leads the viewers eye across the composition making the viewer feel as if they could actually enter the image.
Possessing a keenness that belied his age, Cabrera's paintings and sculpture have always reflected a profound sense ethereal, enigmatic and abundance. For him, landscape can never reflect pure beauty, since it is always inscribed with historical events and, therefore, the struggles of the modern human condition and its relation.
Jose Luis Cabrera was born in 1984, in Guatemala. He has lived and worked in Miami and Chicago since 1990. Exhibitions of his paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations have been staged extensively over the past four years and his work is included in the prestigious public and private collections. Recent projects include the Museum of contemporary Art, Chicago, Datran Center installations, and public art Projects. In 2009 Cabrera became the first artist to be given a permanent commission to install at the University Club of Chicago. Cabrera Has won numerous awards and is considered a rising star of contemporary art.