Galería Christopher Paschall s.XXI Gallery, is proud to present its new project in association with Witzenhausen Gallery. A collective exhibition, that seeks to promote Colombian art abroad. The exhibition will be held in New York with the contribution of six of our artists.
Alejandro Ospina studied at Duke University (USA), New York Studio School (NY) and Slade School of Fine Arts (London), graduating with a Master of Fine Arts at Slade. He was one of the artists selected by Victoria Miro to show his work at the ATP Gallery in London with his earlier work, “Ventana”, he most recent exhibition was held in Music and Text Image Gallery in London. Ospina’s work comes from Internet images, portraits of people who are interested in presenting themselves in a certain way, where the subject already has notion of the pictorial outcome, because the image that its being capture comes from the reflection of a mirror. With the appropriation of these images the artist tries to bring this contemporary approach to traditional language of portrait painting and compositing. Creating a portrait that is no longer intended for the public of the original image, generating a strong inquiry regarding the established language between the subject and the images.
Alex Rodriguez, a young artist who from the beginning of this decade, has been highlighted within the art Colombian art scene. His work has taken him to earn several awards, such as the “Honorable Mention” in the “Salon Nacional del BBVA XII”. Rodriguez brings a series of different images of the advertising field, gallery ads that are found in art publications, which are translated in to paint in order to embrace Greenberg’s notion of high art. The outcome is an endless repetition that mirrors the overrated media.
Joel Grossman, a Colombian artist graduate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, with a masters degree from Pietrasanta, Italy. In 2006 he installed his first public sculpture in Bogotá. Grossman’s work is developed around the concept of appropriation, where he digitalizes and redraws the most iconic art pieces within the art history in order to make them his own. The artist intends to reconstruct his own version of the universal art history, by issuing several series that will illustrate the different periods of art.
Jose Garcia has been developing a formal investigation regarding the illusion and mimesis concerning paint. Through various media, Garcia has questioned the "naturalness" and the veracity of the perceptible, creating "knockoffs" through careful perceptual deception (trompe l'oeil) through painting. In this exhibition he intends to expand the scope of painting into an illusion of reality trough sensory experiences, which purpose is to make the spectator unable to distinguish the real nature of the object. Garcia studied in La Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota. Since the mid-nineties he has generated a great expectation in the Colombian contemporary art scene.
The main concern of Rodrigo Echeverri comes from the possibility of creating from the destruction generated by chaos. His interest in exploring the boundary between paint and sculpture, has a strong presence in his work, where the paintings are beyond the conventional format, fragment illusionistic window given by the rectangle, conceiving his painting as an object that contains itself, making his paintings take ownership of space by their irregular boundaries. Rodrigo Echeverri, studied at La Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His talent has made him receive several distinctions and awards, such as the First Prize in the Salón Cano.
Sair Garcia graduate from La Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His paintings not only stand out because of their technique, but for the social criticism they arise. They explore the different causes and consequences that affect the rural community of the country. Garcia uses petroleum as a material for the production of his work, drawn from the oil wells in Barrancabermeja (his hometown), an element that insinuates the social criticism that the artist is proposing, this material has generated problems of displacement, dislocation and poverty within the Colombian rural population. His paintings try to rescue the beauty of these towns as well as capturing the tragedy experienced by its habitants. His work has taken him to belong to the collection of the Banco de la Republica in Colombia.