Puerto Rican artists Hector Madera and Hector Arce-Espasas in the group show at The Third Policeman, New York

Hector Madera work

PR ARTNEWS - An Intricate Stew Of Truths And Mirages is the second in a series of exhibitions with the artists Hector Arce-Espasas,  Mark Cannariato, Susumu Kamijo, Hector Madera and Daria Marchik that take notions of magic realism as their starting points, the show is inspired by a line from Gabriel Garcia-Márquez’s seminal novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The works on display reflect on the tensions explored in the book as it approaches its 50th year of publication – between the dead and the living, the culturally historical and the fantastical, the primeval and the current – in riotous, highly contemporary artistic voices.

Puerto Rican artist Hector Arce-Espasas’s work interrogates Caribbean cultural identity, evolving notions of the ‘exotic’, and issues of colonialism and post-colonialism. Jean clad bottoms, decorative pineapples and totems of tropical fruit are all exuberantly exploited in his diverse practice – exemplified here in high-sheen ceramic sculptures and unabashedly vibrant paintings.

Hector Arce-Espasas’s work

Hector Arce-Espasas’s work

Hector Madera’s practice combines deep, considered reworkings of art historical and imagery with a bold and distinctively experimental use of materials. The Puerto Rican artist’s intensely tactile sculptures – here, he shows a new series made from tape-covered balloons – and wall pieces are distinguished by a cacophonous, frantically colorful aesthetic that loudly invites us in to play.

Hector madera work

“It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. It was an intricate stew of truths and mirages that convulsed the ghost of José Arcadio Buendía with impatience and made him wander all through the house even in broad daylight.” – from One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Exhibition: AN INTRICATE STEW OF TRUTHS AND MIRAGES / Hector Arce-Espasas / Mark Cannariato / Susumu Kamijo / Hector Madera / Daria Marchik /  runs through 10 June at The Third Policeman 1535 Decatur St, New York 11385

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