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21 May 2021

Armando Mariño “Fake Landscape”

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ARMANDO MARIÑO (CU/US)
“FAKE LANDSCAPE”
MAY 21 – JUNE 19 2021

[UK]

Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly presents “Fake Landscapes” which is the third solo exhibition by the New York based Cuban artist Armando Mariño.

The exhibition title “Fake Landscapes” embraces the theme of societal illusion. The works become a way to comprehend the perplexities of the contemporary world. Large and small oil paintings hypnotize the eye of the viewer. The perspective is a society that has been formed, where significant issues and human relations has been constructed in order to please, or sugar-coat the truth, instead of questioning it. The use of natural elements such as flowers is Mariño’s way of highlighting superficiality. The “pretty” layer is a metaphor of a curtain thrown on the current affairs relating to politics, race, sexuality, ethnicity.

The new paintings in this exhibition are a reaction to the latest events of 2020, which dramatically affected society including the art world. The thematic essence of the works thereby seems to lie as much in the unseen as in what is seen.

The recent works show figures in landscapes which are the foundational components of Armando Mariño’s oeuvre. The perspective of the physique changes with each piece. Some are placed facing backwards, inviting the viewer to stand behind it and look in the same direction as the subject. When they are facing us, they become the central points of the compositions. The relations between landscape and figure as well as between human and nature gains metaphorical and symbolic character.

The new series of oil paintings are filled with a highly vibrant colour palette. The deep dark figures and shapes rooted in Mariño’s compositions lead into the sophisticated and bright semblance of reds, oranges, yellows and other warm hues resulting in a flowing landscape that invites the viewer to dwell between the contrasts. We are reminded what Armando Mariño does in his works. He brings together the different experiences of his mixed identities as a Cuban living in the Western society. He adds the vibrancy, optimism and energy to the dull metropolis of capitalism, where connections, commerce and communications take over emotions and experiences. The oil paintings are visually powerful and remain politically and socially engaged.

Armando Marino (b. 1968 in Cuba) lives and works in New York. He graduated from the Escuela Provincial de Arte “Joaquín Tejada” in Santiago de Cuba, 1987; 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; Coca-Cola Foundation, Spain; 21cMuseum, Kentucky, US; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; ASU Art Museum, Arizona, US; Arttoteek Den Hagg, Nederland; National Museum of Valjevo, Serbia; University of Virginia Art Museum, US; Marcelino Botín Foundation, Spain; Howard Farber Collection, New York; Colección Berardo Museo de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal; The Jorge Perez Collection, Miami, FL and The Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, MA, USA. Furthermore Mariño has been awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011 and The Christopher Reynolds Foundation grant in 2010.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to invite you to an opening reception but we sincerely hope you will visit us to see the new solo exhibition Fake Landscapes by Armando Mariño. The gallery follows the public health regulations in regards to the COVID-19 situation in Denmark.

You can pop in as usual or you can schedule a visit at our webpage: SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

The exhibition runs from May 28 until June 19 2021. Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday from 15-18, Saturday from 12-16. For further information and sales request, please contact the gallery at: info@christofferegelund.dk or call us +45 33 93 92 00. See you in Bredgade 75, 1260 Copenhagen K, Denmark. For more details visit www.christofferegelund.dk.

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[DK]

Galleri Christoffer Egelund er stolt af at præsentere “Fake Landscapes”, som er den tredje soloudstilling af den New York-baserede cubanske kunstner Armando Mariño.

Udstillingens titel “Fake Landscapes” omfavner temaet ”samfundsillusion”. Gennem værkerne opleves kompleksiteten i den moderne verden. Både store og små oliemalerier hypnotiserer beskueren. Armando Mariño’s perspektiv er, at vi lever i et samfund, hvor væsentlige spørgsmål og menneskelige relationer er konstrueret for at behage eller forsøde sandheden i stedet for at stille spørgsmålstegn ved den. Brug af naturlige elementer som blomster er Mariños måde at fremhæve den overfladiske verden på. Det “smukke” lag er en metafor af et gardin, der kastes over aktuelle forhold vedrørende politik, race, seksualitet, etnicitet.De nye malerier i denne udstilling er en reaktion på de seneste begivenheder i 2020, som dramatisk påvirkede samfundet, herunder kunstverdenen. Værkernes tematiske essens synes derved at ligge lige så meget i det usynlige som i det synlige.

Kunstværkerne viser figurer placeret i farverige landskaber, som er den grundlæggende opbygning i Armando Mariños oeuvre. Perspektivet er forskelligt fra værk til værk. I nogle værker ser man figuren bagfra, hvor beskueren inviteres til at kigge i samme retning og observere landskabet. Når figuren vender mod beskueren, bliver de omvendt det centrale i værket. Forholdet mellem landskab og figur såvel som mellem menneske og natur får metaforisk og symbolsk karakter.

Oliemalerierne i denne udstilling er fyldt med en meget levende farvepalet. De dybe mørke figurer og former, der er rodfæstet i Mariños kompositioner, fører ind i den sofistikerede og lyse farve af røde, orange, gule og andre varme nuancer, hvilket resulterer i et flydende landskab, der inviterer beskueren til at opleve kontrasterne i såvel farver som samfund. Vi mindes om, hvad Armando Mariño gør i sine værker. Malerierne kommunikerer Armando Mariños forskellige indtryk fra hans identitet som cubaner bosiddende i det vestlige samfund. Han tilføjer livskraft, optimisme og energi til kapitalismens kedelige metropol, hvor forbindelser, handel og kommunikation overtager følelser og oplevelser. Værkerne er visuelt magtfulde og forbliver politisk og socialt engagerede.

Armando Marino (f. 1968 på Cuba) bor og arbejder i New York. Han dimitterede fra Escuela Provincial de Arte “Joaquín Tejada” i Santiago de Cuba, 1987; Jose Varona Pedagogical Institute, Havana 1992 og fra Rijksakademie Van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam 2005. Han har udstillet vidt i Europa, USA, Afrika og Cuba. Hans værker er repræsenteret i større private og offentlige samlinger rundt om i verden såsom Deutsche Bank Collection; Shelley og Donald Rubin Collection, USA; Coca-Cola Foundation, Spanien; 21cMuseum, Kentucky, USA; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; ASU Art Museum, Arizona, USA; Arttoteek Den Hagg, Nederlandene; Valjevo Nationalmuseum, Serbien; University of Virginia Art Museum, USA; Marcelino Botín Foundation, Spanien; Howard Farber Collection, New York; Colección Berardo Museo de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal; Jorge Perez Collection, Miami, FL og Museum of Fine Arts i Boston, MA, USA. Desuden blev Mariño tildelt Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant i 2011 og The Christopher Reynolds Foundation-tilskuddet i 2010.

På grund af COVID-19 restriktionerne har vi desværre ikke mulighed for at invitere til en åbningsfernisering, men vi håber, I vil besøge os og se den aktuelle udstillingen Fake Landscapes by Armando Marino. Galleriet følger Sundhedsmyndighedernes COVID-19 anbefalinger.

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Udstillingen løber fra den 28. maj til den 19. juni 2021. Åbningstider: 15-18, lørdag 12.00-16.00 eller efter aftale. For yderligere information om værkerne bedes man henvende sig til galleriet på info@christofferegelund.dk eller telefon +45 33939200. Vi ses i Bredgade 75, 1260 København K eller se mere på www.christofferegelund.dk.

We are open Wednesday-Friday 3-6 PM and Saturday 12-4 PM.