“Alchemy: A Taste of the Art World” is scheduled to open today at Commenoz Gallery, 328 Crandon Boulevard, suite 218.
There will be a cocktail reception from 6-9 p.m. this evening, and the regular hours are the show are Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The show is a global collective exhibition with artists Bia Betancourt (Brazil), Yale Epstein (United States), Joaquin Gonzalez (Cuba), David Hayes (United States), Yukio Imamura (Japan), Santiago Medina (Colombia), Fabio Mesa (Colombia), Jordi Prat Pons (Spain) and Albert Popa (United States).
Sculptor Betancourt works with wire, exploring a theme that we are very familiar with: cyclists. You can sense that those figures are going full speed: they are on a course and each one wants to be the first to get to the finish line.
Medina executes super glossy stainless steel sculptures of a more abstract and geometric nature, showing us a distorted reflection of what they capture around them. His monumental sculptures will be shown at Pinecrest Tropical Gardens starting in November through March 2017
In his new series, Epstein employs his photographs of trees, manipulating the image by inserting other photos of previous paintings that he is done, fusing and using them as the background for the trees, producing a final image that is full of color and energy
Gonzalez continues to work in a series about the Peruvian Amazon, where he has traveled many times and where he immerses himself with nature and then offers paintings that show a different world, filled with imaginary creatures and characters and with a color palette that transports viewers to that jungle.
Hayes, who passed away in 2013, is best remembered for his monumental sculptures. On exhibition at Commenoz are his maquettes: smaller pieces made with cut steel. His sculptures are in a number of important collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, The Detroit Institute of Art, and the Mussee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. The most recent exhibition of his work was held at the Lowe Museum of the University of Miami this summer.
Imamura is a Japanese artist who has lived and worked between France and Japan since 1977. Always using a very colorful palette, his canvases are surrealistic, showing us worlds in the borderline between comic strips and social commentary.
Mesa paints large canvases that explore the migration of people, giving the paintings in this series very poetic titles such as “Dreamers under a Cloud of Hope,” “Dreamers coming out of the Dark” and “Dreamers of our Time.” Audiences can see many people walking, coming and going, breaking walls, jumping walls, making htem think about the world we live in today.
Prat Pons has been showing his work since 1991 at Commenoz. These large canvases of Las Meninas, a tribute to the Spanish artist Velazquez, show us his mastery with collage. They are very colorful, big and provocative, a new take on classic works that makes us look at the paintings from a very different point of view.
For Popa, it is the first time showing at the gallery. A graffiti writer during the late ‘70s when graffiti was in its early stages in New York City, he was known as Conan. As he explains, his paintings are a dialogue between two parties divided by time, space and mental disposition. It is a juxtaposition of old and new imagery, ideas and fashion. There is a theme in every painting which is suggested in the title, such as “Muse on The Run,” and oil and spray paint artwork.