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ARTURO MALLMANN r e c e p t i o n a u g u s t 2 nd 6 – 9 p m


From the frescoes of the Italian Renaissance to the pastoral reveries of the Pre- Raphaelites to Mark Rothko’s pulsing, ethereal color fields, art has always transported us to realms beyond the ordinary. Arturo Mallmann’s luminous paintings follow in this tradition, inviting us into landscapes that are half-geographic, half-psychological, and wholly immersive. Born in Uruguay, Mallmann has led a richly colorful life, residing and traveling throughout South America, Europe, and North America, and within these far-flung adventures lie the aesthetic and experiential influences that inform his haunting work. With acrylics, resin, and varnish, the artist layers and sands coat after coat of materials in a process that, like nature itself, is by turns additive and substractive. His austere compositions are often coalesce around the eternal motif of the horizon line, harkening to our primal human capacity for awe. Sometimes, sparingly, Mallmann punctuates his glassy-smooth surfaces with organic jots of sensuous texture, all the more effective for their judiciousness. More often, swaths of light, softened via fastidious sfumato, peek above rolling hills and mesas with a drama that recalls J.M.W. Turner’s epiphanic vistas. Standing before Mallmann’s paintings, the viewer is drawn into a calmative alternate reality in which the stresses of modern life give way to more universal concerns. “Some people call it solitude,” Mallmann says. “Other people relate it to enlightenment. I think it’s something even more mysterious, something that goes beyond our humanness.” Small human figures often appear in the distance in these works, too small for us to distinguish their features, age, or gender, and therefore inviting us to project ourselves into the dreamscapes they inhabit. Of these enigmatic figures the artist says: “They half there and half not-there, half alive and half in another dimension.” Standing solitary amidst the spartan planes and creamy atmospherics, they reference isolation but also selfsufficiency; placelessness but also the euphoric suspension that flows from breaking free from the past and reinventing ourselves afresh. Mallmann’s figures live between purgatory and paradise, above the earth but below the heavens, as do we all.

exhibition dates: august 2nd - september 26th, 2008 reception - saturday, august 2nd, 6 - 9 pm

RICHARD SPEER


SOLITARY WOMAN acrylic and resin on panel, 10” x 12”, 2008


GENTE ESPERANDO II acrylic and resin on panel, 36” x 48”, 2008


GENTE ESPERANDO I acrylic and resin on panel, 36” x 72”, 2008


MAN LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND HIMSELF acrylic and resin on panel, 10” x 12”, 2008


TRANSITION acrylic and resin on panel, 12” x 19”, 2008


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MAN AND TREE acrylic and resin on panel, 24” x 12”, 2008 front cover: GENTE PERDIDA 5 acrylic and resin on panel, 36” x 72” ARTWORK © ARTURO MALLMANN 2008 CATALOG © GALLERY BIENVENU

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