INTRODUCTIONThe Open Palm of Desire
Landscape & memory converge in the work of Gary Komarin and Fernanda Galvão - two artists working across different continents but whose work draws on literature and the subconscious to create paintings that sing with poetry and desire.
Like an open palm, the work is an invitation into another realm evoking a sense of place - be it real or imagined. Fantasy is intrinsic to the work of both artists and we are invited to travel through the canvases of Komarin, escaping in their monumental scale and gestural surface plane.
Fernanda Galvão's work is similarly inspired by actual and imagined locations. She describes her pieces as "body/landscape paintings" and her work brings together different matter to create a new painterly organism. Dystopias, fruits, vegetables, planets, galaxies, stars not yet discovered are a few of the realities being explored in her work.
Fernanda GalvãoVagem, 2020 Charcoal and Oil on Canvas
128 x 167 cm
50 3/8 x 65 3/4 in
Fernanda Galvão is a painter from São Paulo, Galvão paints with literary and cinematographic as starting points for her works. She is interedted in constructing atmospheres that embody other-wordly spaces. She explores the limits between visual arts, scenery and body:
"I can make rigidity and austerity out of soft components and structures or I give absolutely synthetic aspects to human body parts representations"
Her practice is set in relation to nature and science fiction references. Books, movies and her own experience observing and styding all specimines of flaura and fauna - these are all examples that contribute to Galvão's body/landscape paintings, or what she calls a 'pictorial biome'.
in the past years, she has participated in several collective exhibitions, such as: the “44o SARP” (BRA), where she received an acquisition award that also resulted in her first solo show “Papila Sobremesa Tutti Frutti” at MARP (BRA); "47th Salão de Arte Contemporânea Luiz Sacilotto" (BRA), where she also received an acquisition award; "And in that year the black night nails the door", at Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade (BRA); "28th Mostra da Juventude" at SESC Ribeirão Preto, the 15th and 16th editions of the "Program Exhibitions" of MARP, Ribeirão Preto (BRA) and the "47th Annual Arts of FAAP (BRA).
Fernanda GalvaoEntre a Terra e a Terra, 2021 Charcoal, dry pastel, oily stick and oil on linen
142 x 180
55 91/100 x 70 87/100
Gary KomarinBig Pink, Roma, 2020 Mixed media on canvas.
201 x 184 cm
79 1/8 x 72 1/2 in
Gary Komarin is a painter from New York City and currently works in Conneticuit. Komarin’s stalwart images have an epic quality that grips the viewer with the idea that he or she is looking at a contemporary description of something timeless.
Komarin has been called a “painter’s painter.” His status in this regard is based on the authenticity of his work, its deep connection to the tradition of modern painting as well as its sustained individuality as an utterly personal voice.
Like many of the best artists of his generation, he is indebted to the New York School, especially his mentor Philip Guston with whom he studied at Boston University where he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Komarin has been particularly successful at filtering these influences throughout his own potent iconography. Being an artist of the 70s New York Era, Komarin has shown with the likes of Jasper Johns, Basquiat, Motherwell, De Kooning and Francis Bacon and many more.
Preferring non-art industrial canvas tarps and drop cloths, Komarin eschews traditional painting media and materials. He builds layered surfaces with latex house paint in a thinned-out sluice mixed with spackle and water. Using colour energetically, the quick-drying materials allow him to paint with a sense of urgency, which mirrors the tension created by conflicting renderings of the spontaneous and the deliberate. The conscious and the unconscious or the strange and familiar. The resulting image is one that appears familiar but resists recognition.
Komarin lives in the rural hills of Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Fernanda GalvãoThe Green Stuff I didn't Want to Eat, 2020 Dry pastel, oily stick and oil on canvas.
110 x 150 cm
43 1/4 x 59 1/8 in