With Armando Mariño's second exhibition in the gallery "Not All Who Wander Are Lost" presents the international artist a series of work that centres on the theme of the wanderer. The beholder is hypnotizingly drawn into Mariño’s saturated pictorial universe, which is enforced by the illusion. Here the narrative figurations appear as distant memories or dream scenarios in an imagery that playfully lets in abstraction and mystique. He allows the narrative role of the artist to remain visible and challenges the relation between form and meaning, thus in turn challenging the pictorial media itself. The thematic essence of the works thereby seems to lie as much in the unseen as in what is seen. We find it in elements that are turned away from the beholder and shaded or hidden.
We see reflection continually used throughout the works, so that the relations between landscape and figure as well as between human and nature gains metaphorical and symbolic character. The motifs are thus drawn into a world beyond the visible. Mankind is shown in an interaction with nature and in fusion with reflections of trees and light. Bordering on abstraction, the devouring nature leaves it almost difficult to determine what is human and what is nature. As the wanderer is a man who extrovertly meets his place in nature, so is the wander itself here just as much a journey into human nature. It is a clash of nature and civilisation in mankind, as well as a question of embracing and surrendering oneself to one’s own nature. Moreover, it is a journey into an artistic quest and a visualisation of the confrontation with the mystery of human inspiration – for it is not all who wander who are lost.
From the boisterous Cuban avant-garde scene of the 90s, Armando Mariño has advanced and evolved a personal and complex artistic imagery. With a vibrant life of color and a dreamful expression, he manages imagery wherein great visual beauty echoes political and social themes. With refined sarcasm, he accomplishes to break chromatic borders for the visual arts as well as allowing his works to boast of great contemporary relevance.
Armando Marino (b. 1968 in Cuba) lives and works in New York. He graduated from Jose Varona Pedagogical Institute, Havana 1992 and from Rijksakademie Van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam 2005. He has exhibited widely in Europe, USA, Africa and Cuba. His works are represented in major private and public collection around the world such as Deutsche Bank Collection; Shelley and Donald Rubin Collection, US; 21cMuseum, Kentucky, US; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; ASU Art Museum, Arizona, US; Arttoteek Den Hagg, Nederland; National Museum of Valjevo, Yugoslavia; University of Virginia Art Museum, US; Marcelino Botín Foundation, Spain; Howard Farber Collection, New York; Colección Berardo Museo de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal etc. Furthermore Marino has been awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011 and The Christopher Reynolds Foundation grant in 2010.
Galleri Christoffer Egelund cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” on Friday October 30th from 5pm – 8pm. The show will run until November 28th 2015. Opening hours: Tuesday – Fiday from 11-18, Saturdays from 12-16. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at +4533939200.