AMBACHER CONTEMPORARY : ERNESTO CÁNOVAS - ALIENATION PEACE - 12 Sept 2015 to 23 Jan 2016
Ernesto Cánovas, Alienation Peace, 2015
Mixed media and resin on aluminium, 40 x 58 cm
Courtesy Ernesto Cánovas and Ambacher Contemporary
AMBACHER CONTEMPORARY Munich-Paris
is proud to present a new solo show by
new works on aluminium
Opening Reception, Sept 11, 7pm
12.9.2015 - 23.1.2016
OPEN ART 2015
11.9. 18 - 19h
12.9. 11 - 18h
13.9. 11 - 18h
Ambacher Contemporary is proud to present an exhibition of brand new works by the young and successful London-based spanish artist Ernesto Cánovas, born 1971 in Barcelona.
The title of the exhibition, "Alienation Peace" goes well with our time ...
Cánovas develops the themes and techniques he explored in his previous solo exhibitions and demonstrates once again his artistic virtuosity.
His works are highly elegant paintings, as well as glamorous wall-objects.
At first they could remember us glazed ceramic tiles - Cánovas may be culturally influenced by the noble and traditional Iberian - Moorish tile art - before we detect the wood or the aluminium base, of wich the artist uses the textures as abstract patterns or glossy surfaces for his pictorial design.
Cánovas subjects relate to modern history, they are social critic to classy or romantic, his mode of expression is contemporary and belong manly to pop art.
He collects and selects photographs from “all-round sources”, and after he subtly manipulated them virtual, he prints them with a self-elaborated artisanal technique.
By applying alternating layers of resin, painting processes and well-reflected cutouts, the photos become transformed, the subjects gradually anonymised and generalised and also sometimes get completly abstract.
In this way, his works acquire a very strong symbolic power and a visionary quality, they are ahead of the times and belong to the day after tomorrow.
Between abstraction and the figurative, fact and fiction, they remind sometimes of the slightly nostalgic and fuzziness, other ones of the completly abstract works by Gerhard Richter. Cánovas uses the modern-day flood of images in order to take a critical stance on current affairs that fulfil the role of a collective memory.
But he isn´t a reporter, he deliberately conceals everytime all the contexts of wich only the feeling definitly persists. Finally, the work-titles help us to replace our visual and emotional experience in its historical background.
Ambacher Contemporary, 29. August 2015
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