“Primary Colors” will be our summer exhibition and we are
bringing out bright and fun pieces from our vast inventory to celebrate the
season. Among the exhibited works are sculptures
by Argentineans Carolina Sardi and Hernan Dompe, Cuban Carlos Gonzalez and
American William Cannings; and paintings by American Joe Ramiro Garcia,
Jamaican Milton George and Cuban Luis Enrique Camejo.
Carolina Sardi’s metal assemblages are witty combinations of
color inspired by nature. These organic shapes, grouped in apparently repeating
clusters, are representations of the concept of infinite. This is reinforced by
the endless possibilities of combinations in each assemblage. Her minimalist
approach is making possible for us to concentrate on the forms. Carolina is
‘talking’ about her personal experiences, transported to metal in her very own
and personal code.
Hernan Dompe is represented by a couple of totems. This is a
series in which he has been working on for a while and is focused on the traditional
totemic forms. In these particular pieces he is making reference to the genesis
of mankind. The title, La edad de Hierro (Iron Age), is a direct reference to this
statement. In this series he is
representing the three more important metals:
iron, cooper and bronze; as a way of representing the social progress of
Carlos Gonzalez is bringing his dynamic sculptures in vivid
colors, a rare treat since he uses mostly metallic tones. His sculptures are
inspired by the potential that the material offers: his incredible respect for
it leads him to create these highly original forms. The sensuality of some of
his pieces is reinforced by a polished finish. Very often his work tends
towards a monumental scale, making it suitable for outdoors or public spaces.
William Cannings’ pieces looks like toys inciting the public
to touch and feel the material, which is never what they think. After this
initial reaction we start to discover what is behind all the fun, and that is
his intentional manipulated use of perception.
Although undoubtedly in debt to Pop Art, Cannings’ work is a fresh
approach to this type of art. His brilliant beach balls, pillows and lifesavers
reflect his mischievous side, masking a more profound message.
Joe Ramiro Garcia brings to the exhibition his playful paintings
in which he mixes fragments of his life experience with cartoon characters. The
dazzling compositions have a strong humorous component, and while that jumps
out, there are some more serious underlying aspects. He is bringing up in what
seems a child-like mode complicated associations to his background. Using elements referring to his own childhood
he is parodying that stage, hence the presence of characters such as teddy
bears and Felix the cat as direct references. Ultimately Joe Ramiro is talking
about the complexity of life for contemporary man.
Milton George’s pieces have a narrative quality. His very
bright and almost pure colors are entwined with the intricate story behind each
of them. The complexity of his compositions integrates his unique forms into
the scenes to the point that it looks almost homogeneous. Milton was a story
teller and each of his paintings is inspired by actual facts, mostly about
domestic issues and his relationships with women.
Luis Camejo’s realistic and almost photographic urban
landscapes are monochromatic. In some instances he uses black and white
combinations but usually he goes to more extreme experiments with colors,
solving his compositions in muted blues or reds. Most of his views are inspired
by Havana, however he also portrays other cities. His cityscapes are inspired by
his daily life in Havana, and in a way this is his tribute to the city: while
other artists are showing the decadence that prevails, he chooses to portray its