Andrew Salgado Curates Manifesto for Representation to Be Taken as Seriously as Abstraction
“Today, it’s quite trendy,” he writes, “to mutter the word ‘representational’ as some pejorative term: that as representational artists, we are somehow less enlightened—clinging on to some banality … like we haven’t quite evolved into the higher realm of pure abstraction.” Yet the works he’s assembled are neither purely abstract nor a direct representation of the eye’s perception; visually diverse and emotive in their renditions of their subjects, the paintings belie how vast (and murky) of a genre “representation” can be.
Take Hermitage 2 (2015), for instance, a woozy oil and polymer painting by
“The Fantasy of Representation” is on view at Beers London, Jul. 30th–Sep. 19th.