Karlos Pérez's portrait of a Cuban school boy
Frames and Stretchers recently had the pleasure of working with a powerful figurative painting by Cuban artist Karlos Pérez in the studio. The collector came down from upstate New York and brought one of Pérez’s “Ametropia series” paintings to be stretched and framed. The Ametropia paintings reference vintage photographs, altered and re-presented in Pérez’s distinctive, distorted style. The images are rendered on a large scale and distorted through his painterly process. This particular image was based on a 1960s school portrait of a Cuban immigrant to the US. It’s part of a larger body of work that references vintage photographs which the artist manipulates in order to distance them from their original time and place and create a more surreal visual experience.
A work from Karlos Pérez's, "Ametropia"series
With a background in photography, video, and installation, Karlos Perez’s paintings blur the traditional discourse of art. His works are not so much portraits in the traditional sense, but more of an exploration of existential character. Pérez’s paintings also blur the boundaries between mediums. Fragments of images have been meticulously analyzed by the artist and processed through the filters of his personal experiences. Family photographs are removed and distanced from their temporal settings contributing to their surreal quality. His method involves blotting of paint and scratching of the canvas. He reshapes the original images as captured on film creating a fluid, liquid feeling. The results are enigmatic paintings that seem to have traveled through time to captivate us in the present.
An image with two figures from the artist's "Ametrpoia" series
Although based in Cuba, Pérez is a young artist currently exploring domestic as well as international production and exhibition. It was exciting to have the opportunity to work with his art here at our Lower East Side location!
From his artist statement: “There is no such thing as an original image, every image is incomplete and is always revealed as reminiscent of many others…”
Frames and Stretchers is thrilled to have the opportunity to once again be working with the art of Pinar Du Pre. We are in the process of building stretchers to stretch a selection of her vibrant canvases that will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition, Snapshots II at the Emmanuel Fremin gallery in Chelsea. Once done, the paintings will be transported to the gallery courtesy of Art Delivery Van.
Powerful portraiture in texture, pattern and color
Pinar Du Pre is an Austrian/Turkish painter whose current body of work is comprised of colorful, gilded, fragmented portraits. An autodidactically trained artist, Du Pre takes her inspiration from numerous sources including the artists of Vienna Künstlerhaus and Wiener Werkstaette, Pop Art, contemporary virtual reality and the tension between human perception and scientific fact. As homage to her many influences she refers to her style as "Jugendstil Pop-Art". Pop Art was stimulated by the iconography of materialism and the mass culture of its time. Similarly, Pinar’s work addresses the concerns of our twenty-first century culture, specifically the fragmented pixilation that we are exposed to through digital technology. Her work differs from Pop in that her “snapshots” are more intimate in their subversive intent.
A provocative image surrounded by gold
Pinar addresses the differences between our perceived notions of realty and “actual” realty; how we see ourselves versus how the rest of the world sees us, the inner versus the outer self. Her use of materials also crosses the boundaries between the virtual and real. “Building on the synthetic intensity of digital art”* she paints with a blend of tangible media: acrylics, printed elements and epoxy glass, highlighted by bright metallics.
Du Pre’s growing success at both gallery shows and art fairs is testament to the fact that her figurative representations resonate with a contemporary audience. These strong, larger than life renderings are also distinctively beautiful!
Pinar Du Pre, Snapshots II opens May 11 and runs through June 17 at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, 547 W 27th St #510, New York, NY 10001.
An opening reception will be held May 11 from 6-8pm.