Luis González Palma:
January 10 - February 25, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
7:00 - 9:00pm
In January 2017, Lisa Sette Gallery will present new works by contemporary Guatemalan artist Luis González Palma, whose altered photographs are entrancing forays into the diverse intellectual histories of Latin America. A widely recognized artist on the global stage, González Palma has exhibited with Lisa Sette Gallery for over 20 years, and his work exemplifies the timely international aesthetic the gallery is known for.
In the works comprising Luis González Palma’s Möbius series, frank and emotional photographic portraits of indigenous Guatemalans are presented at close range, each filling the frame with visages, and featuring a symbolic graphical overlay. Each anonymous face presented in this series is compelling in its own right—González Palma describes the portraits as “intimate, introspective, and conscious of their emptiness before the world” —and the same portraits are often repeated in the Möbius series, each altered by a different formulation of bisecting geometric lines and shapes. An encounter between two streams of 20th Century Latin American thought—the rationalism of the Concretist movement and the romance of Magical Realism—is the subject of this series, as González Palma proposes “to generate a symbolic reconciliation between these two artistic currents, activating tensions and creating relationships between two ways of representing reality from diametrically opposed perspectives.”
“The important thing is establishing the relationship between the emotional, figurative portraiture and the abstracted, geometric imagery. These two systems represent our craving to understand the mystery of life from different perspectives.”
While González Palma’s intellectual vision speaks to a complex and evolving interplay of artistic works and historical circumstances in Latin America, the Möbius series stands alone as a profoundly moving collection of images that can be experienced without historical or geographical reference points. The pieces themselves, along with González Palma’s inquisitive willingness to alter the repeating portraits in order to bring forth a new imagery within each frame, are enough to keep the viewer within this body of work’s intimate, infinite loop.
Carrie Marill's newest series, Unbalanced, was created in response to Luis González Palma's Möbius works. Marill chose crystal structures and geometric forms to explore the challenges of machine-made vs. hand-hewn. Marill, like González Palma, attempts to bridge the gap between the natural and the technological, the emotional and the rational.
"In this series I am playing with these patterns and restricting my palette to let the hand and digital world compete in an aesthetic tease of balance and imbalance."