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Carlos Estevez:“ Memorabilia”

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Conjurosintransferibles, 2012 , 2012 Oil and Watercolor Pencil on Canvas 60.5" Diameter © Courtesy of the artist and Pan American Projects
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Self-fulfilling Prophecy, 2012 Smoke, Watercolor Pencil and Oil on Canvas 50" X 120" © Courtesy of the artist and Pan American Projects
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Plegarias, 2012 Oil and Watercolor Pencil on Canvas 20" Diameter © Courtesy of the artist and Pan American Projects
Carlos Estevez:“ Memorabilia”

6300 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33150
September 7th, 2012 - November 3rd, 2012
Opening: September 6th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Pan American Art Projects is very pleased to announce the beginning of the 2012 / 2013 art season with exhibitions by Cuban-American artists Carlos Estevez and Elsa Mora. In this two - person show each artist is individually exploring his/her own ideas of transformation.

Pan American Art Projects is very pleased to announce the beginning of the 2012 / 2013 art season with exhibitions by Cuban-American artists Carlos Estevez and Elsa Mora. In this two - person show each artist is individually exploring his/her own ideas of transformation.

Conceptually Estevez continues to explore his recurring themes, such as man’s place in the universe and relationships between human beings. Formally, his paintings show evidence of his interest in medieval tapestry and illuminated manuscripts. His canvases are mimicking the use of gold and the rhythmic repetition of patterns that characterize textiles from that period. His palette, based on rich contrasts between the golden background and colors such as deep blue, purple and bright reds, is also evocative of the epoch.

Among the pieces we have a couple of his new ‘smoke paintings’, in which he actually ‘paints’ with smoke, creating beautiful ‘marbleized’ figures. The contrast between the represented monuments supposedly made out of stone, and the fragility of the smoke, represents concepts such as mortality and illusion. The idea of stone as an everlasting material is refuted by the inexorability of time.

The three-dimensional pieces in the exhibition are combinations of ready-made objects, which remind us of surrealistic sculptures. Methodologically he follows the same principle as in previous works, in which he created hybrids with combined elements from nature and man-made mechanisms. This time, Estevez decided to apply this concept to machines, creating new ones out of pieces from different old ones. Taking advantage of the aesthetic qualities of the object per se, and with wit and humor, he makes a one-of-a-kind telephone out of an old one mixed with parts from a blender, or a hand shower, or a gun. In others, musical instruments are converted into marionettes. The results are stunning objects, in which functionality is superseded by fantasy.