Lois Lambert Gallery presents the renown
Cuban artist Edel Bordón in his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles,
“Paradoja de la Soledad” or “Paradox of Solitude”, a collection of oil
paintings on paper that evoke a content but melancholy feeling.
Bordón’s work conceptualizes solitude as a state in which one can find
peace, contentment, and a forum for introspection. Paradoxically, he
portrays solitude as a state of loneliness and isolation. Bordón often
uses one figure per composition and in many instances he limits
the range of facial expression seen in that portrait. In one piece the
painting depicts a boy with his shoulders hunched over and his eyes
peering down. The piece is fairly abstracted but the mannerisms Edel
chooses to emphasize powerfully evoke a stark sense of aloneness.
Other pieces evoke in the viewer a smile as if they have discovered a
humorous secret in Bordón’s imagery.
Edel’s stream of consciousness approach and use of color further
realize the paradoxical nature of his work. Bordón uses experimental
techniques with his oils often diluting them to a wash more traditionally
seen in watercolors and gouache. By making the pigments transparent,
Bordón creates a subdued color palette that reveals an emotion that
is neither happiness or sadness but a complicated combination of the
Bordón’s process is intuitive. The artist doesn’t start with a formed idea
of what he will paint. Instead, as he paints, the subject materializes on
the paper. Edel pulls from his unconscious primary processes with
every stroke of paint or line. Bordón’s hope is the viewer can enjoy
his artwork from a similar place of pure pleasure, free of any sort of
intellectualism, generating a sensual and emotional effect.