FARSIDE GALLERY PRESENTS
Néstor Arenas: Paisajes Transformer
Exhibition of Works by Néstor Arenas
On View November 29, 2014 through January 8, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 29
7 to 9 p.m.
Néstor Arenas: Paisajes Transformer, curated by art critic and independent curator Dennys Matos, is an exhibition displaying the latest paintings and drawings by this important neo-figurative Cuban artist, based in the United States.
Néstor Arenas was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1968. He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) de La Habana in 1990 with a degree in painting. In the early 90's he settled in Spain and, after a series of personal projects, he developed a neo-figurative poetic marked by the appropriation of different styles of contemporary art history, from Russian constructivism neo-Dadaism, Pop Art to neo expressionism. Adopting a downright parodic attitude, Arenas cannibalizes the symbolic capitals of these styles as if they were a sort of files or sources to be manipulated or juxtaposition to shape a particular interpretation of poetic neo-figurative. From the point of view of discourse, the notion of landscapes take on crucial relevance in those years. Through this notion, on the one hand, he addresses the complexity of development between history and representation, between truth and ideology of the ways they are interpreted. The exhibitions "Paisajes y Fragmentos" (1998) Galería de Arte Lausin & Blasco in Zaragoza, Spain and "Pinturas" (1996) Galería Colón XVI in Bilbao, Spain are emblematic examples of this proposal.
In 2001, Néstor Arenas settles down in Miami where his poetic neo-figurative acquires a more iconographic character and, in addition to painting, gives way to photography, video and sculpture art. The combination of these new expression formats are evident in exhibitions such as Legopainting (2010) Lyle O'Reitzel Gallery in Miami, FL and Solo Show (2008) ISM Gallery also in Miami, FL. In them he essentially maintains the notion of landscapes, but they begin to shift toward a contrast between the worlds of life generated by the two grand narratives produced in the development of modernity: Capitalism and Communism. In Néstor Arenas: Paisajes Transformers the artist investigates the iconographic nature of the languages of contemporary art, while trying to imagine a socio-cultural future in a globalized world. From the material and spiritual cultures produced by these narratives, he creates an imaginarium to ponder about utopian visions where images that make social, cultural and artistic references to what was the communist utopian project as well as those derived from the mass culture of triumphant postindustrial capitalism coexist. In these paintings and drawings with a strong iconographic character, created between 2009 and 2013, Arenas builds a world that invites reflection about imaginary spaces in which both iconographies devise unpublished historical narratives.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalogue with an essay by Dennys Matos. For more information visit the artist's website: www.nestorarenas.com.
The opening night reception for Néstor Arenas: Paisajes Transformer is Saturday, November 29th,
7 – 9 pm and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view from November 29, 2014 through January 8, 2015 weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm, by appointment.
Farside Gallery is located at: 1305 Galloway Road (87th Avenue), Miami, FL 33174
Free parking is available across the street at the Central Bible Assembly of God on opening night.
On view: November 29, 2014 through January 8, 2015
Event name: "Néstor Arenas: Paisajes Transformer"
Event contact: Raissa Soler
Event time: weekdays 11 am to 5 pm by appointment
Event email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event cost: $0.00
Event venue address: 1305 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33174
Event phone: 305-264-3355