Retroscapes: the 80s in the Mirror

Retroscapes: the 80s in the Mirror

Art Exhibition
By Carlos Pez
Sun, Mar 15, 12-4pm
YAM Gallery
Ancha de San Antonio 20

By Marie Moébius

The next exhibition at YAM Gallery will open on Sunday March 15, at noon. The Mexican artist Carlos Pez will inaugurate a solo show titled “Retroscapes,” a group of paintings on canvas and paper he has been working on in the last year.

With “Retroscapes,” Carlos digs into his memories and excerpts from the landscapes of his past. Carlos Pez was born in Mexico City in 1971. He cultivates a bohemian lifestyle full of friendship and freedom. His studio and home in colonia Roma remains a jewel in his designs, but there is nothing he likes more than taking the roads of his beloved country: from Veracruz to the coast of Oaxaca and through the central highlands of Jalisco. He loads his minivan with art materials and paints directly in the field. Because he is always on the move, his technique has to adapt and in place of brushes he uses painting rolls. This allows painting both vertically and horizontally and adjusts to uneven surfaces.

Carlos Pez has been strongly influenced by his long stays in New York where he had a studio in Brooklyn. He has been influenced by action painting and abstract expressionism. He admired the work of Jackson Pollock or Franz Kline in the Big Apple’s museums and galleries. Like masters of the so called “gestural abstraction,” Carlos Pez emphasizes the physical act of painting and his canvas and papers are trodden on and marked by his footprints and the soil. At each new stop on the road, the artist extends the white canvas on the ground and the result is a series of colorful abstract paintings. The color palette recalls the 80s with vibrant, unblended oranges, blues and greens. It is as if Carlos was depicting the many intricate roads he has followed. His paintings are maps leading to the places you can only reach if you abandon your GPS.

Carlos Pez will be present at YAM Gallery for his exhibition opening on Sunday afternoon, March 15, between noon and 4pm.