by Hrag Vartanian on June 27, 2014
Clockwise from top left, a detail Armando Marino’s “The Young Artist” (2014), installation view, detail of “Crying Girl” (2014), and installation view. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
If Armando Mariño’s earlier art looked at the outside world with a critical postcolonial eye, his recent paintings probe visceral states of being tinted by melancholy and framed by a directness that feels intimate. Seen through a frosty lens, the artist’s big paintings in his current show at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel are largely centralized compositions that focus on a solitary figure or object turned away or obstructed from the viewer. The impact of his visual elision opens up the strongest work emotionally, leaving crumbs along the away to invite the viewer inside the work, where he shows off his technical prowess.
“The Young Artist” (2014) uses 19th-century German artist Casper David Friedrich‘s signature rückenfigur device (a person seen from behind, contemplating the view), to mark a sense of presence that is equally striking for its feeling of absence. The shadowy figure pops out of an impossible inner frame that directs our attention to a pinkish-hued winter scene blanketed with a deep sense of longing. Like many of the works here, the scene is specific without revealing an actual sense of place — it is a fairy tale world that at every turn begins “once upon a time.”
His “Crying Girl (2014) is equally enigmatic — veering into the realm of magic realism — as a young female figure cries in the branches of a tree that splays the composition every which way. The background of the painting is sprinkled with glowing orbs of color but the reason for her sobbing is unclear even if it feels easy to read into her life story. The barren tree seems to comfort her, but as the viewer we feel awkward about looking at her in pain.
Space is frequently conflated or telescoped in these paintings, which gives them a timeless quality. In “White Tree” (2014), Mariño places an icing-like white tree again warm reds, deep blacks, and accents of bright digital colors. The forms are rooted beyond the painting’s edge, which flattens the picture and lures us to the surface where fireflies of color and texture reveal a different, more abstractly formulated, composition.
But in a few works, namely “The Bride” (2014), the sense of space is too contorted and the subject feels too distant to create a connection with the viewer. His art is most successful when the tension between figure and ground is strangely unsettled, and his work calcifies when the boundaries are more distinct.
All the paintings in this show depict rural night scenes, which heighten their sense of solitude. In frames of darkness his painterly magic glows. I imagine Mariño himself is the figure in “The Young Artist,” looking away towards the two coniferous trees burdened by the weight of the snow. There is a sobering sense of relaxation in this work as we see the youthful artist, perhaps awestruck or curious, contemplating his place in the world. Unlike Casper David Friedrich, Mariño doesn’t offer glimpses of the sublime, preferring instead to focus on the manmade in these allegories, uncovered in the dark recesses of his studio, where time stands still and spring finally arrives.
Armando Mariño’s New Paintings After a Long Winter continues at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel (532 West 25th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan) until June 27.
Middle Gate Geel ‘13, Belgium, September 29- December 22, 2013.
Middle Gate Geel ’13 is an international art event, curated by a renowned curator Jan Hoet and exhibited at numerous historical locations throughout the city of Geel. The exhibition, displaying the work of more than fifty artists from around the world, tries to come to grips with the complex and multi-layered interaction between myths, psychiatry and the arts. Rather than pinpointing the differences, the exhibition undertakes to reveal the connections and links, commonplaces and parallels of these phenomena. The historic and present-day context of the city of Geel, world-famous for its unique psychiatric care system based on home nursing, adds an extra dimension to this exhibition, so much so that the interaction between Geel and this exhibition will be palpable and visible in every aspect.
Middle Gate Geel ‘13 concentrates on three main categories: myth, psychiatry, and art. More specifically, it sets out to analyse the mutual interaction between mythical or magic-religious art, outsider art and art-as-art, ignoring differences and focussing instead on connections and links, affinities and parallels with respect to these three phenomena. This exhibition wants to do more than just “compile” a number of works that somehow refer to the three main phenomena. It has no intention of providing clear-cut answers—it merely wants to disorder and disturb what we thought we knew. Through the combination of myths with psychiatry and art, this exhibition seeks to create a mental space capable of yielding insights about the assumption of what art is—or could be.
Middle Gate Geel ‘13 is obviously not the first exhibition that zooms in on the relationship between psychiatry, myths and art, yet through its intrinsic link with the city of Geel, it acquires a uniquely rich dimension. Geel’s “foster homes” have been welcoming psychiatric patients of the Public Psychiatric Nursing Centre (OPZ) ever since the 13th century. This integration has contributed to the inclusion of patients in families’ daily lives and in the city’s activities. Geel’s home nursing system still enjoys a special status in the field of caring for the mentally disturbed. The integration of psychiatric patients in families used to be frowned upon. Today, home nursing is considered a monument (so much so that the official psychiatric term is now “rehabilitation”). This approach has aroused interest the world over—even Michel Foucault wrote about it. Geel’s home nursing system is considered a valuable model with a special ethical value. Dialogues and shared experiences of patients and non-patients abound in Geel. Middle Gate Geel ‘13 capitalises on this context and attempts to continue and intensify this dialogue.
Participating artists: Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, Michaël Borremans, Mike Kelley, Nadja Verena Marcin, Jan Fabre, Agatha Snow, Bjarne Melgaard, Jan Fabre, Andy Hope 1930, Nancy Barton, Johnny Meese, Katie Heck, Jon Plypchuk, Paul Mc Carthy, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, David Hammons, Jan Fabre, Francis Picabia amongst others.
Armando Marino presented at VOLTA 9, Basel
The axis of Armando Mariño’s recent work flows from the ethical dilemma implied by aestheticizing or domesticating a violent event — from the moment it becomes “breaking news” and is then converted into art through painting. He appropriates images whose authorship and authority become less important and more “everyday”, to which the public has instance access to via the web or print media, and from these Mariño launches a new kind of neo-historicism.
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Avenues recent visits to the Paint and Memory exhibit by English painter John A. Parks was a fun experience with the children immediately responding to the finger paintings. They also toured the map paintings of London, pointing to places they knew or recognized by name.
In praise of the revolution May 4th, 2013
” I think Marino is one of the great artists of modern times. Look at the passion, the energy, the drive, the rage, the imagery: it’s magnificent.” Donald Rubin
Marcy Brafman Interviewed by Leah Oates
Rossknödel am Schnellbuffet
Zum guten Schluss die Volta. In neuem Quartier auf der Mercer Street (ein Wechsel, der gut tat) schlug sich die Einladungsmesse wacker. Obwohl aus Soloshows bestehend, hatte man den Eindruck, dass die Volta so ist, wie die Independent es gern wäre. Großerfolg für die 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, der dem artmagazine.cc sagte: „Fantastische Messe! Bei uns läuft es unglaublich gut. Wir haben viele Sammler schon in die Galerie mitnehmen können.“
Einen starken Aufritt hatte auch die Galerie Thomas Jaeckel aus New York (auch auf der Context vertreten) mit den New Painterly Images von Ian Hughes.
- Festival for Contemporary Art presents my live performance ”King Kong Theory (1977)” inside the Klementinium
- one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. 17th Oct, 6 pm.
is showing the performance-based photographs “Cat”, “Man”, “Eve”, “Spaghetta” and the series ”No Country” at the Deutsche Bank Duisburg and Altes Medizinisches Institut. Oct 7th
till Nov 15th
Bideodromo festival is screening //KIDS// at Museo de Reproducciones in Bilbao on Oct 24th.
“Kids” 13’18. Nadja Verena Marcin (USA)
Nadja Verena Marcin narrates through a conceptual revision of the cult film “Kids” (New York, 1995, Larry Clark) the interaction of a group of young adults; the smooth transition between shocking rituals and its adaption as lifestyle.
In the spring of 2013: Participating with the live performance “King Kong Theory (2005)” in the Peekskill Project V
at the Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center.
ARCHITECTURE OMI PROJECTS SKYLINE ADRIFT
Cuban Art and Architecture at Architecture Omi
September 16, 2012 – May, 2013
Artists Reception: Sunday, September 16, 12 noon-3pm
* The artists will give a presentation on their work at 1:30 during the opening
Architecture Omi presents SKYLINE ADRIFT: Cuban Art and Architecture, a politically and aesthetic ground-breaking show of multi-disciplinary, site-specific installations by two Havana based architects and two internationally established Cuban artists. SKYLINE ADRIFT will be on view September 16, 2012 through May, 2013 at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. An artists reception will be open to the public on Sunday September 16th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.
SKYLINE ADRIFT is curated by Rachel Perera Weingeist, Advisor and Curator, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection and Peter Franck, Director, Architecture Omi, with Ricardo Porro, the seminal Cuban architect and educator who provided unparalleled access to the brightest young architectural talent in Havana.
SKYLINE ADRIFT presents large-scale architectonic installations by Cuban architects Yilena Lourdes Feitó Echarri and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and internationally renowned Cuban visual artists Alexandre Arrechea and Armando Mariño Calzado. The two architects, who had never before left Cuba, were awarded a six-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center for creative development and production of their site-specific installations. They travelled to Omi early in the summer to survey the site for their installations, which will be transported and installed on the grounds of Architecture Omi in early September.
Artists Alexandre Arrechea and Armando Mariño Calzado are well known on the international arts scene. Mariño recently took up residence near Omi in Athens, New York. Arrechea splits his time between Madrid and Havana. They both participate in global art fairs and exhibit in elite museums and galleries around the world and will contribute sophisticated sculptural pieces to the exhibition.
SKYLINE ADRIFT reflects current Cuban creative sensibilities across a broad spectrum of sculpture, architecture and installation art. Although the artists and architects emerge from very different professional pressures, they share the centuries-old traditions in which Cuba’s visual arts are deeply rooted. In creating four site-specific works in the picturesque landscape of Omi International Art Center’s 300-acre campus in New York’s Hudson Valley they will confront the quintessential rural context of New England, far removed from the ecological, political and cultural praxis of Havana. According to Architecture Omi Director Peter Franck, “this exhibition will introduce the current state of architectonic discourse in Cuba to the world outside Havana.”
“We wanted to offer Cuban architects the same opportunity more commonly granted to painters, ballet dancers and musicians in their country. This program is a great example of the power of international cultural exchange and we expect for it to have a ripple effect on Cuba’s architecture community upon their return” added Weingeist.
Reflecting on the project, Ricardo Porro remarked “in architecture, we always begin with the problem of function and add poetry to that function. For this project, the architects are being asked to respond poetically to the landscape without the restriction of function….I do believe that an architect should be a painter and a sculptor and this, in essence is what this show is asking these young architects to be.”
SKYLINE ADRIFT is made possible by the JM Kaplan Fund, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, The Vermont Studio Center and Omi International Arts Center. Very special thanks to Francis Greenburger, Jon Gregg, Roxana González, María Elena Martín Zequeira, Alysa Nahmias, Mario’s Home Center (Valatie, NY), Ricardo Porro and Shelley and Donald Rubin.
Alexandre Arrechea sketch
Yoandy Rizo Fiallo
Art Wynwood 2012, President’s Day Weekend
Per Adolfsen, Anna Borowy, Peggy Bates, Joergen Geerds, Ian Hughes, Nadja Marcin, Armando Marino, John A. Parks,Tanja Selzer.
Joergen Geerds is opening his first solo show in Europe in June 1st. 2011 at the Pousada de Palmela, about 30km south of Lisbon, Portugal.
He will be showing 15 of his large scale night panoramas until the end of August 2011. The show is open to the public.
More info at www.palmela2011.com/featured/lumin-o-city-a-panoramic-photography-exhibit-by-joergen-geerds
Curator Vittorio Sgarbi invited the artist representing the Lombardia Region at the Italian Pavillion during the 54th BIENNALE VENICE
June 4th- November 27, 2011
April – June 29, 2011 solo exhibit at Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf