May 4 - June 10, 2006
In the oil works of New York-based painter Marti Cormand, nature and artificiality share an amorous and inextricable embrace. Cormand’s traditional landscapes bring to mind the Dutch School’s hyperrealistic attention to light and shadow, but his realism is undercut by loose clusters of abstraction that lie camouflaged in pastoral settings. Against the intentionally banal backdrops of land, Cormand’s amorphous pastel blobs and cylinders deliquesce into puddles, knots and whorls, and other intricate shapes. Cormand’s shapes and monoliths bring to mind the technology of image reproduction, their slick and pliable surfaces suggesting the synthetic quality of digital architecture.
Marti Cormand was born in Spain in 1970. His recent exhibitions include the Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, 2005; and the Centro de Arte, Madrid, Spain, 2004. Cormand was also a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He received his MFA at the University of Barcelona, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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