Tuesday, December 3, 2013–Sunday, December 8, 2013
2 Extra Place
The Proposition is pleased to participate in the second edition of CONTEXT art Miami (Booth E8)
and present new works by Ricardo Chavarria and Balint Zsako.
New York, NY USA
The bold acrylic abstractions of Ricardo Chavarria emanate and pulse with color, light, and a unique internal energy, which seems to both radiate and move back within itself. Several of Chavarria’s paintings—some of them executed in the last year and appearing for the first time—will be featured through spring 2014 in the EPMA’s Gateway Gallery. The artist’s captivating compositions combine the transcendental presence of Western color-field painting or Eastern sand mandalas with contemporary LED-like color and industrial-looking surfaces. Chavarria uses plastic syringes and squeeze bottles to apply his thick paint. The resulting creations are the product of an interesting tension of processes: improvisation of color and design choices evolving within the strict parameters of an initial center point and grid system, and time-intensive labor producing a uniform surface akin to manufactured rubber.
Born in El Paso in 1980, Chavarria has for the past year been working in a studio in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He began focusing exclusively on painting in 2008, following studies at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, and a career as a sound and recording engineer in New York.
For this new series of works, Balint Zsako expands the scale of his works from an intimate 16x12" to a substantial 30x22". Continuing the technique of watercolor and ink on paper, the new format allows for increasingly complex narratives to unfold with space for many more characters to interact. The vibrant colors and sensitivity to meticulous composition carry over from the artist's smaller works, but are given a new freedom and intensity. The complex open ended narratives distill and translate as many parts of contemporary art practice into the world of works on paper as possible, with references to performance art, land art, collage and geometric abstraction.
Balint Zsako was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1979 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1988. Since graduating with a B.A in Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, he has exhibited his photographs, collages, sculptures, paintings and drawings internationally. A travelling exhibition of his drawings was organized by the MoCCA in Toronto in 2008 and was accompanied by the artist’s first monograph. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.