Conduit Gallery presents Roberto Munguia: "Yes, It’s Already Now Again" opening reception
Roberto Munguia’s most recent work continues with processes he first developed in 2012, and which approach abstraction from a more intuitive and inquiring position. This type of work attempts a vital dialogue between freedom and control/structure and spontaneity, begging a balance between the two. These risks pay off and something truly amazing emerges.
This is a body of work contrasting strong black and white with glorious color, both realized with abandon and joy. In the liquid graphite drawings, a structure is established through the movement of the artist’s hand, not dictated by a preconceived architecture, but through being attuned to an inner rhythm and cadence. Some of the pieces are large-scale drawings on styrene, its slick surface allowing the graphite to move freely.
With the color works, there is an entirely different approach. Liquid acrylic is poured and directed to create fluid lava pools of color. These are then dried and cut into irregularly-shaped collage paintings that burst off the wall. There is an interesting tension between the muscular graphite drawing and the energetic rush of the undiluted, uncontained color cutouts. This is an exhibition that describes harmony of soul and commitment to process.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through February 16.