Galería Daniela Elbahara
February 1– April 30, 2019
Tuesday – Friday | 12 – 18 hrs.
Galería Daniela Elbahara
Calle Huichapan 1, Hipódromo
06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX
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After co-directing and founding Yautepec Gallery (2008-2017) and Material Art Fair México (2014 -2017), Daniela Elbahara, DES Studio director, opened her personal gallery space in February 2019. This space features mid career and emerging artists from all artistic disciplines. With three double shows per year and several pop-ups, Elbahara´s space creates a dialogue between local and international creators.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ricardo González utilizes a limited palette, simplified mark-making, and sense of humor to explore the language of expressionistic painting and drawing. His work is based on his own automatic drawings, urban wall scribbles that populate his environment in Mexico City and New York, and celebrates a recurrence of Art Brut via the likes of Jean Dubuffet, Karel Appel, and A.R. Penck. His fast manic drawing suggests an intuitive child-like doodle. Fragmented figures with grimaces and smirks frequent Gonzalez’s work invoking a character all too familiar that is deep rooted in our collective unconscious, a sort of savage full of uninhibited energy that could easily be found in early Rock n’ Roll or the tales of early outlaw Blues songs. The paintings ricochet between the sublime and the nihilistic, creating a tacit dialogue between satirical cartoon and evocative painterly gesture. Gonzalez elevates seemingly cursory doodles into signifiers of pure form, medium, and process, thus propelling them into the language of art.
Ricardo González was born in Mexico City and lives and works in New York. He received an MFA from New York University, and his BFA at New England School of Art & Design, Boston, MA and Madrid, Spain. He has exhibited in numerous venues in New York, NY, Boston, MA, Miami, FL, Berlin, Mexico, and Belgium. Recent exhibitions include UNTITLED. Miami; Galeria Talcual, Mexico City; Traneudstillingen, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Galeria W, Santiago, Chile. He is a recipient of the Martin Wong Scholarship Award in Painting, and his work has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Art F City, and Pas un Autre.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The paintings by Ricardo González that are presented here in this exhibition are both faces and paintings. Stylistically they are in that paradoxical place where they are one thing and simultaneously another. Where the desire to create beauty is just as intense as the desire to tell stories. We see hands, eyes, beautiful brush strokes and electric mud. We see dance and enjoyment inside and outside the darkness.