CARLOS M
Portraits
Painting
January 26th - March 15th, 2008

 

CARLOS M "Pastel Portraits"
This exhibition is the result of an investigation project about the Pastel Portraits made by the young artist from the city of Querétaro Carlos M, which explores the presence of the human figure until its dissolution. "Part of you" is developed departing from the color photograph, images that are fragments of people without the intention to create the traditional pose of show or the classic “vera icon” that most photographers usually make. In this type of images, Carlos M, begins to reflect a presence that is not defined visually perfect, but that remits to the portrait immediately. "Shades" consist of black and white pictures in where they are the real shade of each one of the models on a frame. These dark or clear images are handled of a subjective way, without the intention of the total representation of the model presence, as a result, in some pictures is a total abstract sense. The pastel paintings of "Shades" break the unitarian visual sense in a very delicate form by dissolving the personage. "Untitled" are pastel paintings that apparently are abstract but that in fact they are photorealistic. Based on human figure photographs that were taken to the maximum abstraction by photographic close-up and using different type of lighting that distort the image and the color. These were made during Carlos M residence in Vastra, Goteland, Sweden. The style that Carlos M develops in his pastel paintings that conform this exhibition is an exercise that combines the figurative and the abstract, influenced clearly by artists like Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella.

 

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