Dot Fiftyone Gallery is pleased to presentan exhibition of new paintings by Mexican artists Armando Romero and Carlos Jorge. This marks the artists’ first exhibition together in the U.S., where Armando Romero presents his series of paintings titled “Charles IV of Spain and His Family,” and Carlos Jorge his series “Bardas.”
The work of Armando Romero employs various visual elements to create universes that juxtapose images inspired by the classic master painters with pop culture and graffiti.Through this multiplicity of languages, Romero creates surreal scenes in which characters from classic culture coexist with cartoon characters. Irreverent humor sets the tone for a self-imagined narrative of the spectator, generating new stories and a renewed emotional connection with the classic works.
For this show, Romero is inspired by Goya’s painting Charles IV of Spain and His Family(1800-1801).He recomposes scenes from the original work and patches them up into large canvases full of perverse humor. As philosopher Juan Heiblum describes: “He’s ingenious and generates a series of paintings that alter and upset the old and the classical. When confronting these paintings, we’re witnessing hundreds of years of iconography being shown on a single plane. He introduces us to this new work where Carlos IV of Spain and His Familyfunctions as a bridge through which decals as well as clippings, old as well as new images, academic as well as popular themes circulate”.
The paintings by Carlos Jorge show the poetic solidity of the walls, in which the stone is the protagonist. Jorge builds a series of spaces and territories that move between the gaps and the silences of the line. This is the magic that this work achieves; building high walls that let us go through, building strong frailties.
As Juan Heiblum states: “Carlos Jorge draws and comes up with those poetic frontiers, fighting against all this cruelty. Concrete walls are being laid down, keeping countries apart, but the real walls transcend all political implications and open a door for you to cross. There are intensities and ways of life that cannot be restricted by concrete walls and, therefore, they freely move through the open space. The great triad is established in this way: the stone becomes a wall, and the wall becomes a poetic territory.”
Armando Romero (b. 1964, Mexico City) studied at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda", in Mexico City. From 1991 to 1997, Romero taught sculpture, painting and art history at La Esmeralda. Additionally, from 1991 to 1993, Romero taught art history, design, and drawing at the College Center for Studies in Science and Communications in Mexico City, and also in 2002 taught painting at the School for Visual Arts in Michoacán, Mexico. In 1998, Romero represented Mexico in the Emerging Artists of Latin America exhibition at the Passage de Retz gallery in Paris, France, and in 2001 he lectured on sculpture and participated in the International Studio Program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in the United States. He lives and works in Mexico City.
Carlos Jorge (b. 1970, Mérida-Yucatán) is a Mexican artist known for his large-scale paintings with exuberant colors, and pale and translucent shades. His repertory of symbolic and conceptual pictorial elements is composed of lines and deceivingly waving bodies that come to be fused in partial and infinite links that defy the void. He studied at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Since 1992, he has been participating in diverse collective exhibition projects. He has had solo exhibitions in Mexico and the U.S. since 1993. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Seventh Biennial of Visual Arts in Mérida, Yucatán. His works are part of private and public collections, such as the Museum of the City of Mérida, Yucatán, in Mexico. He lives and works between Mérida and Miami.