Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester

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Revolution in the House of the Colors, 2011 Oil On Canvas 84 X 84 In. © Courtesy the artist
Run, Protester Run! , 2012 Oil On Paper 30 X 44 In. © Courtesy the artist
Where Is My House? , 2011 Oil On Paper 28 1/2 X 36 X 1 1/2 In. © Courtesy the artist
Untitled, 2012 Oil On Paper 40 X 26 In. © Courtesy the artist
Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester
Curated by: Rachel Weingeist

17 West 17th St.
New York, NY 10011
May 2nd, 2012 - June 22nd, 2012
Opening: May 2nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday-Friday 11-5 pm



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY April 5th, 2012—The 8th Floor is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in New York of Cuban-­‐born artist, Armando Mariño, entitled Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester. This exhibition features over twenty new paintings and works on paper, including a 13-­‐foot diptych among other large-­‐scale paintings.                                                                                                                                                    

For this solo exhibition, Armando Mariño employs an expanded visual vocabulary that departs from his former style, to depict the global upheaval of 2011. Dynamic, anonymous figures engaged in acts that reference real footage are placed in rich, fluorescent and abstracted backdrops. Faces, obscured by either masks or the painter’s hand, correspond to Marino’s sublimation of the source material.                                                                                                              

Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester will be on view May 2nd-­‐ June 22nd                                                                                                                                       

Mariño’s canvases elevate the mass protests, change and tumult of the last year to an epic level by confronting the aestheticization of violence. Familiar references are distorted to evoke the feeling of an altered account of events, bringing awareness to our increased and normalized intake of aggressive media. This domestication of violence implies an ethical dilemma that confronts the competence and responsibility of painting as a medium. In the words of the artist, “Once again, I am playing with the symbolic status of painting and its capacity to, at once, monumentalize and trivialize human drama.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Recipient of the 2011 Pollock Krasner Foundation award, Armando Mariño was born in Santiago de Cuba and educated in Havana and Amsterdam. He has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe in museums and galleries, including the Mattress Factory, El Museo del Barrio, Katonah Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art among others. His work is held globally in numerous public and private collections.  This is his first solo exhibition in New York. He recently relocated to New York, where he lives and works.

An essay by noted art critic and historian, Elvia Rosa Castro titled The Exiled Evidence (El Destierro de la Evidencia) will accompany the exhibition. There will be an opening reception—RSVP only—on May 2nd from 6-­‐8 pm. To RSVP, please contact For more information and image

requests, please contact Anna Gonick, (646) 839-­‐5908 or by email at