MARCH 6 - 29, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Seol Won Foundation
Like a drawing of time, the past nailed to the wall, the bellows of colors and a childhood forgotten; the halo of the world in the last breathing space of the afternoon and the ruins of life that the hourglass dissolves.
Wedyson B. Leal
Gallery HO is pleased to present Being, an exhibition of recent work by Daniel Carranza. The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 6 and runs through Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Based on techniques from the past, Carranza creates vibrant and surreal atmospheres in his paintings while focusing on the environmental issues of his own time. While the contemporary trend references to artists such as Pollock and Rothko, Carranza spends much of his time analyzing the masters like Goya and Rembrandt.
He raises the issues of endangered animals and polluted nature in his work. Almost zoomorphic, his paintings depict human bodies with animal heads in a therianthropic or hybrid form. With the flaming fire in the background, What About You? (2008) illustrates three tiger-faced figures, torturing a man in an animal cage. They show no mercy toward the man as if he is to be blamed and punished for the destruction humans have caused. The artist presents the heavy topic of global issues such as extinction of animals, air pollution, and destruction of nature in a visually stimulating and humorous manner.
Daniel Carranza was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He first established his career in his native country and in Brazil as one of the leading Latin American artists. His work has been exhibited internationally, including New York, Sao Paulo and Seoul. He lives and works between Sao Paulo and New York.