532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel
532 West 25th Street
NY NY 10001 New York
Phone: +1 917 701 3338
URL : www.532gallery.com
Patrick Jaeckel (Associate)
Thomas Jaeckel (Director)
Diana Copperwhite Chemical Allegro (2019)Oil on canvas 94 x70 in.
Danny Rolph High Road to Taos
Elio Rodriguez Goldie
Jose Angel Vincench Pintura de accion (Patria)gold leaf on canvas
58 x 78 in.
Carlos Rodriguez Cardenas American Landscape48 x 48in.
acrylic, mixed media on panel
(diptych 48 x 96 in.) framed
Lien Truong ...."And still we banter with the Devil"Oil, silk, acrylic, antique 24k gold leaf obi thread, 19th century American cotton on canvas.
Marlon Portales Non-Brandoil on canvas
56 x 69 in.
About the Artist
1999-2000 Winchester School of Art and Design, Barcelona, MA European Fine Art
1992-94 National College of Art & Design, BA Hons painting
1987-92 Limerick School of Art & Design, NCEA Diploma Painting
Danny Rolph has an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London and was awarded the Rome Scholarship at the British School at Rome. He is a professor of Fine Art at Bucks New University and is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His work is represented in many international collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Tate Gallery, London.
1989 Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana, Cuba.
1984 San Alejandro Art Academic, Havana, Cuba.
2015 Hutchins Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
2010 Artist in Residency. Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. USA.
2003 Artist in Residency. El Museo Diego Rivera & Francisco Oller, Buffalo, NY, USA.
2002 Guest Professor. Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA.
Guest Artist. Ceramic Workshop. Harvard University. Boston, USA.
1992-1997 Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), La Havana, Cuba.
1988-1992 Escuela de Nivel Medio Superior de Holguín, Cuba.
1985-1988 Escuela Elemental de Artes Plásticas de Holguín, Cuba.
Rodríguez Cárdenas was born in 1962 in Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and completed his arts studies in 1983 in Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA).
He formed part of the René Portocarrero workshop, where he began to make a name for himself in serigraphy, drawing and painting. He became a key figure in the resurgence of criticism and of the arts movement at the time. His participation played a decisive role in the birth of the provisional group. From among the imagery created in the late 1980s, which questioned and made ironic the “revolutionary” state slogans, some of Rodríguez Cárdenas's proposals became iconic representations of his generation such as his self-portrait featuring him bare-chested, the skin painted like a brick wall, on which the words ”I am my home” are written; from his neck hangs a skeleton with a comic blurb that reads “I do not exist, only my intention”.
In Rodríguez Cárdenas’s work, parody, humor and caricature tend away from coarseness, although they may confront the audience with what is vulgar in a society in crisis. His work invites the spectator to question reality, to see beyond the world of the official word imposed by a system that had become senseless. More than anyone, he suffered censorship. In his case, it was not a conjured-up badge of honor that he pinned on himself to face banishment from his country.
From the time after he went into exile in Mexico in the early 1990s until he finally settled in New York, he focused his art, without renouncing his previous commitments, on the artistic quality of his subjects, of this designs. His art imparted his compositions with even more of their own particular, distinctive character than before.
During the next few years, Rodríguez Cárdenas held solo exhibits at Obra Reciente, Galeria Nina Menocal, Mexico; D.F., Carlos Cardenas, Galeria Ramis F. Barquet in Monterrey, Mexico; and, in 1993, About the Blue Wall, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida; and ARCO 93 International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain; and Pinturas, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables.
Rodríguez Cárdenas lives and works in the New York area.
b. 1962, resides in the United States
Carlos Cárdenas is one of the most active artists working within the “demythifying” or critical trend that distinguished Cuban art in the 1990s. His entry into the contemporary art spotlight came with the 1988 exhibition Artista de Calidad (Quality Artist) at Galería Línea in Havana. From his initial work with collages, Cárdenas moved on to small canvases, where he applied a principle of composition similar to John Heartfield’s photomontage work: an antithesis between text slogans culled from the Cuban press and scenes where one or more characters perform, or are affected by, the actions stated in the texts.
The result was a corrosive, high-octane humor that uncovered the unforeseen ambiguities of advertising language and exposed the stereotypical character of social communication. “Cárdenas has taken as a point of departure a carnivalesque grotesquerie and scatology which deconstructs political slogans. His imaginings, which possess a keen graphic sense, are usually structured on significant contrasts between soft shapes and hard geometrical shapes” (Mosquera, 1999, 23).
The humorous approach worked on parallel levels. On one side, Cárdenas—along with such artists such as Tonel, Tomás Esson, and Segundo Planes—introduced into “refined” art those ribald jokes and stories that Cubans create and circulate day after day, as a defensive, mocking mechanism against themselves, the authorities, and the perpetual shortage of supplies. This “choteo,” or joking, had been dissected by Jorge Mañach in the early 1900s, the first years of the Republic. In the 1980s, it found outlets in publications such as the weekly tabloid DDT and in newsreels from the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC). But it had not penetrated the sanctum of serious art. Cárdenas adopted, without bias or prejudice, the conventions of comic books and illustrations—resources that formalist critics had associated with minor genres. This taste for the makeshift, the imperfect, even the bizarre, became a cultural sensibility that ran through exhibitions of naïve folk artists and mixtures of amateur and professional artists that were curated by Orlando Hernández and Gerardo Mosquera.
The revival, in the late 1980s, of the building program known as microbrigadas populares (popular microbrigades) suggested to Cárdenas several elements such as bricks, hardhats, and welding masks—imagery that he incorporated to his pieces. In Construir el Cielo (Constructing Heaven, 1989), Cárdenas transforms the brick from building material into a metaphor for the anonymity of the human being within a collectivist utopia; and in the mural Maneras de Seguir Adelante (Ways to Continue Forward, 1989), a robot-man, or Golem, made of bricks appears to lose his hands and feet as he lurches forward.
Cárdenas’ admonitory images on the dangers of spiritual bureaucratization are of a piece with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s 1964 film, La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat). An eyeless man, his body made of bricks, stands against a colorful background lifted from popular “street” architecture, confessing: Mi suerte está en mi corazón, mi casa soy yo (My luck is in my heart, I am my house). Another man, resembling the artist, tries to keep his feet on two roads that intertwine and tangle like tightropes. Cárdenas’ humor, unbearable for the prelates of ideological purity, blends the slogan Resistir, luchar, vencer (Resist, Fight, Win, 1990) with the salaciousness and scatology of the street. Or he subjects official thinking to an optical test in Lucha entre las ideas y la luz (Struggle between Ideas and Light, 1987). During his final days in Cuba, Cardenas focused on feces and its representation on canvas, transforming it into a visceral, polyphonic symphony—metaphorical poison for politically correct palates.
Truong has exhibited her work at such institutions as the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; the Oakland Museum of California; the Weatherspoon Museum; the North Carolina Museum of Art; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. She has participated in artist residencies at the Oakland Museum of California and the Marble House Project and has received reviews and mention in several publications including New American Paintings, ARTit Japan, and Art Asia Pacific.
SELECT AWARDS | RESIDENCIES
2016 North Carolina Artist Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council
Artist-in-Residence, The Marble House Project, Dorset, Vermont
2015 Jimmy and Judy Cox Asia Initiative Award, Carolina Asia Center
2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Finalist, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
Ingrid Nickelson Artist Trust Grant
2003 Artist-in-Residence, Sweeney Granite Mountains Research Center, University of California at Riverside, Kelso, CA
Artist-in-Residence, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA
2000 Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Weatherspoon Art Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, in the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women
Post Vidai, Vietnam
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Vietnam
Municipal Art Collection, City of Raleigh, NC
Humboldt State University
2018 – Degree in Visual Arts. Superior Institute of Art (ISA). Havana, Cuba.
2010 – Bachelor in Visual Arts (Professional Academy of Visual Arts Tiburcio Lorenzo. Pinar del Río, Cuba).