Rene Almanza, who last showed with us in October 2011, will be opening a new body of work at Gerrish Fine Art in London, tomorrow, July 4.
The exhibition will feature an epic 1001 drawings in ink, each measuring 15 x 15 cm. These will be hung side by side to form an immersive environment that will envelop the viewer and inundate the mind with the captivating images of Almanza’s visual universe. The project represents an intense exploration into drawing. Almanza explains ‘when you are drawing for a long time it is almost as if you are draining your code all over the surfaces you touch. In the case of this exhibition we have lots of little squares, lots of little windows, each of which present a series of new possibilities to follow. When you see all these possibilities we can understand immediately that drawing is infinite’.
Mark your calendars for two new shows opening at our FIFTY24MX Gallery this December 10: Meredith Dittmar and a MiniMart group show (with Herbert Baglione, Saner, Jorge Tellaeche, Violeta Hernández, René Almanza, Wendell McShine, Rico Deniro, Miss Van, Kenta Torii).
We’re really excited about this Thursday’s Rene Almanza opening at FIFTY24SF Gallery. This style of watercolor and pencil he’s using for this show marks a fleeting moment of the career of an artist who approaches the span of his life as a road-map into his personal exploration into creating art. The official press release and images from the show are below. We hope to see you on September 29th at 7:00pm for the opening reception.
“Stranger” is a foreigner, a resident alien, one in the house of another as a guest, visitor, or intruder, a person or thing that is unknown or with whom one is unacquainted, one who does not belong to or is kept from the activities of a group, one not privy or party to an act, contract, or title, one that interferes without right.
(9.26.2011) San Francisco – FIFTY24SF Gallery presents a watercolor exhibition by Mexican illustrator and fine artist, Rene Almanza, entitled “Stranger” opening on September 29th, 2011.
This exhibition marks the progression of Rene Almanza’s career from the monochromatic ink-lined work that he has been known for towards the incorporation of paint and colors. Taking a traditional and deliberate approach towards the development of his mediums has always been an important part of Rene’s career; and after feeling like he had expressed all that he can with his line-based style, he felt that the next logical step was to begin to integrate watercolors into his work as part of the process of gradually moving towards incorporating oil and acrylic paints into his pieces.
One of the cornerstones of Rene’s career has been his ability to couple the American style of comic-art illustration and the Oaxacan concept of art. To Rene, the American style is about creating stark optical images that convey overt messages while the Oaxacan opinion on the purpose of art is to create work that expresses the emotion of the artist and leaves room for interpretation. The title of this exhibition is based around the Oaxacan side of this dichotomy, and all the work of the “Stranger” exhibition aims to express the sentiment of being a “resident alien” while leaving the stories behind the work open to the interpretation of the viewer.
The exhibition features 50 pieces measuring 20″ x 18″ using the mediums of pencil and watercolor. All the work also features frames which are hand made in Oaxaca. Rene Almanza’s “Stranger” exhibition features an opening reception on September 29th, at 7:00pm.