MARTIROS ADALIAN Caution
Martiros Adalian creates large-scale mixed media paintings, using acrylic, oil, and spray paint. In this series of paintings Martiros continues his exploration of combining contemporary styles with the iconography of European art history of the 16th century. Martiros uses these various elements to create a multi-dimensional and multi-textual effect that adds a sense of motion and energy to his pieces.
Martiros paints figurative portraits in the manner of artists like Peter Paul Rubens and chiaroscuro artist Caravaggio. Martiros places them into a new context by incorporating contemporary urban art visuals like yellow caution tape and compositional elements from graffiti art. This unique combination of aesthetics, classical portraiture along with street art influence, is intended to fuse together the old and the new by connecting two distinct styles of art. The juxtaposition in his pieces between traditional subject matter and contemporary elements, seeks to question authority by giving historical figures of power new context. The spontaneous use of color and application simultaneously gives the work an irreverent attitude yet a deep appreciation towards the tradition of the old masters.
EDEL BORDON Paradoja de la Soledad | Paradox of Solitude
Bordón’s work conceptualizes solitude as a state in which one can find peace, contentment, and a forum for introspection. Paradoxically, he portrays solitude as a state of loneliness and isolation. Bordón often uses one figure per composition and in many instances he limits the range of facial expression seen in that portrait. In one piece the painting depicts a boy with his shoulders hunched over and his eyes peering down. The piece is fairly abstracted but the mannerisms Edel chooses to emphasize powerfully evoke a stark sense of aloneness. Other pieces evoke in the viewer a smile as if they have discovered a humorous secret in Bordón’s imagery.
Edel’s stream of consciousness approach and use of color further realize the paradoxical nature of his work. Bordón uses experimental techniques with his oils often diluting them to a wash more traditionally seen in watercolors and gouache. By making the pigments transparent, Bordón creates a subdued color palette that reveals an emotion that is neither happiness or sadness but a complicated combination of the two. Bordón’s process