October 4, 2017
Arlene Angard Presents 'Wind, Light and Color,' a Solo Exhibition by Artist Sebastian Vallejo
Arlene Angard will be hosting a solo exhibition of artist Sebastian Vallejo's recent paintings from October 13–November 17.
by New York Spaces
Arlene Angard will be hosting a solo exhibition of Sebastian Vallejo's recent paintings. The exhibit, Wind, Light and Color, will be on view from October 13– December 8th at the gallery's Upper East Side location. A reception will be held for the artist from 6-9 p.m. on Friday October 13.
In his new body of work, Vallejo pays tribute to nature's all-encompassing power and beauty. Each painting recalls the expansive and improvisational qualities in nature, specifically from the Caribbean—where light and color appear to radiate from almost every direction, including from the ground. This particular quality regarding light and color is especially true in Puerto Rico, where Vallejo was born and raised. The materiality of painting amplifies light and form, and by extension, all natural phenomena it attempts to capture. The artist's works also integrate chromatic fabrics that carry visual and cultural allusions to the island from whence he stems. His unique process involves a direct transfer of the fabric's floral patterns onto canvas, which Vallejo then enhances through hand-applied paint in a seemingly haphazard manner that yields a shockingly harmonious ode to color, mark-making, and country.
Hurricane Maria and the destruction it has left in its wake, particularly in Puerto Rico, is a perfect example of how notions such as beauty, horror, chaos, and order can coexist. The heightened awareness of opposing forces is a recurrent motif on the pictorial plane of Vallejo's paintings. It is an unfortunately fitting parallel to the island's current status and the classic Apollonian-Dionysian split, where presentation and negation, organization and disorder, are ever-present.
10% of each sale during the exhibition will be donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund ( mariafund.org), a non-profit charity dedicated to supporting and providing immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm.
Arlene Angard Gallery is located at 15 East 71st St, New York, NY 10021
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