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Luis Mallo

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Luis Mallo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. He and his family left the island in 1970 and after spending five years in Spain, settled in the U.S. He studied photography and graphic design at F.I.T. in New York City. - During the last ten years, his work has been shown in various exhibitions around the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. He is a recipient of the Cintas Fellowship and The Art Matters Photography Award. His photographs are included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Worcester Museum of Art and The New York Public Library, as well as other public and private collections.
His most recent series In Camera, (shown here) was featured in a group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and as a solo show Sicardi Gallery and the Ricco-Maresca Gallery in NYC. In 2005, they will be included in the exhibit Documenting Poetry, at the Maier Museum of Art in Virginia. - Luis Mallo is represented by the Ricco-Maresca Gallery in New York, Sicardi Gallery in Houston, and the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The urban landscapes depicted in these large-scale photographs are interrupted or obstructed by a foreground object or layer. The barrier acts like a veil that drapes, surrounds, separates, distorts and conceals in a manner that manages to both perplex and seduce. But the barrier is never meant to be completely opaque or impenetrable. Through the holes, gaps, tears, and openings in the foreground, we are invited to peak and look beyond this layer or coating and acknowledge the space that lies on the other side. This veil therefore acquires an ambiguous nature: as it simultaneously hides and reveals, it asks us to consider the very notion of seeing as fragmentary and contingent, and also invites us to imagine and fill in the entire landscape as we attempt to perceive our surroundings. - As I began the In Camera series, I became increasingly concerned with scale. I understood that the objects and scenes I was photographing offered complex patterns and details that needed to be retained and reproduced as accurately as possible.
Using a large format camera to record these scenes allowed me to capture these nuances and then effectively amplify the results. The large scale of the prints allows the images to project their idiosyncrasies in greater detail and also enhances the physicality of the objects, heightening their significance. As a result, the formal quality of the picture frame is also enhanced, and its abstractness reinforced. Itís the capability to transform these common objects that lures me to photograph them in the first place.
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