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Exhibitions May 2010


ROGELIO MANZO

LOOTED, Recent Portraits

PREVIEW RECEPTION
Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 5-8 pm

SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION
Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 6-9 pm

SHOW DATES
May 6 - June 5, 2010

GALLERY HOURS
Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
And by appointment

SECOND SATURDAY WEEK ONLY
Friday 12-5pm



El Ataud, Un Autoretrato (The Coffin, A Self Portrait)
72" x 72", Oil, Image transfer on Canvas



ROGELIO MANZO

"Looted"
Recent portraits

Flip through any fashion magazine and you see countless representations of "the immaculate" in clothes, bodies and faces. But below this meticulously constructed version of what we deem beautiful lies the stories, the pain, the reality.

In previous works, I've stripped away my subjects' protective layer of skin, exposing the essence of their humanity, no matter the consequences to common perceptions of attractiveness. In "Looted," I take this tact but concentrate on a theme of our unrealistic expectations of beauty. I enter as if a "looter" from a war-torn world, taking by force the subjects' intimacy, fears and secrets and exposing them in their true forms. I concentrate on the interplay of the pristine clothes worn by the subjects and the ripped-away flesh that dominates the viewing experience.

In composing the pieces for "Looted," I sought to confront the characterizations of beauty with which we're bombarded every day. In these works, each subject's identity and dignity is taken away in layer after layer of color and texture until bruised flesh, broken bones and rearranged facial features are apparent, forcing viewers to confront their own fragility and mortality.

The portraits you'll see in "Looted" are painted on resin panels and canvas. The resin panels allow me to layer paint and image transfers on both the front and the back surfaces, creating depth and providing a place for light to play, depending on the translucence of the piece. I mimic this effect on the larger pieces, which are painted on canvas. Texture is added through the use of such elements as woven fabric and recyclable materials, integrating a complexity into the power of each piece. I've also included in the show a 6-foot-by-6-foot self-portrait on canvas, in an effort to demonstrate our mortality, our obsession with our bodies and our penchant for judging ourselves against "the immaculate" found throughout the pages of fashion magazines.

Rogelio Manzo
www.manzoartworks.com


Ilusión Saqueada de un Cuadro Inperfecto (Looted Illusion from an Imperfect Portrait)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
72 x 72 inches
2010

El Ataúd, Un Autoretrato (The Coffin, A Self Portrait)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
72 x 72 inches
2010

Inidentificado con mancha azul en el rostro (Unidentified male with blue spot in his face)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
48 x 48 inches
2010

Alias La Havana (AKA La Habana)
Oil, Paper Collage/Resin Panel
48 x 48 inches
2010

Un Collar Sin Perlas ( A necklace without peals)
Oil, Paper Collage/Resin Panel
48 x 48 inches
2010

Inidentificado con Saco Gris (Unidentified male with gray suit)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
48 x 48 inches
2010

Inidentificado con Camisa a Rayas (Unidentified male with stripped shirt)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
30 x 24 inches
2010

La Jaula I (The Cage I)
Oil, Paper Collage/Resin Panel
30 x 24 inches
2010

Silla Azul (Blue Chair)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
24 x 24 inches
2010

Inidentificada con Chaqueta Gris (Unidentified Female with Gray Jacket)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
24 x 24 inches
2010

La Brujula (The Magnetic Compass)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
24 x 24 inches
2010

Inidentificada con Abrigo de Lana (Unidentified Female with Furred Coat)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
24 x 24 inches
2010

La Jaula II (The Cage II)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
17 3/4 x 24 inches
2010

Demolicion (Demolition)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
18 x 24 inches
2010

La Duda (The Doubt)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
18 x 24 inches
2010

El Rapto de Natalia (The kidnapping of Natalia)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
17 3/4 x 24 inches
2010

El Columpio (The Swing)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
24 x 24 inches
2010

Luz y Victoria (Light and Victoria)
Oil, Image transfer/Resin Panel
24 x 24 inches
2010

Judith
Oil, Paper collage/Resin Panel
8 x 10 inches
2009

Sonia
Oil, Paper Collage/Resin Panel
8 x 10 inches
2009