Padre Gallery presents “Dream Makers”
July 23, Sept. 5, 2020
Between July 23rd and September 5th, Padre Gallery in New York is proud to present a group exhibition Dream Makers, featuring works by Zurab Tsereteli. Adriana Oliver, Edgar Plans, Ana Barriga, Baldur Helgason, and Jeff McCreight akaRu8icon. In times when not only dreams get brutally shattered by the harsh reality around us, but the most common, everyday norms are completely out of the picture, the world seems to be needing dreamers more than ever before. With this in mind, Pablo G. Villazán from Padre Gallery curated Dream Makers, a group exhibition featuring 6 international artists coming from different backgrounds, age groups, and working with different aesthetics, to lift our spirits and bring back hope. The selection made for this presentation includes creatives whose work is marked with originality and the ability to see the world around us way beyond what the eye and mind can recognize. Whether creating their own, unique universes, reinventing the existing imagery, or using the reality as an endless source of inspiration from which new perspectives are built, the Dream Makers certainly have the ability to lift us above the everyday gloom and point towards brighter and pleasing sights.
Zurab Tsereteli is an important Soviet/Russian painter, sculptor and architect known for commemorative, large-scale monuments created worldwide. Along with sculpture and architecture, he works with paintings, informed by his visit to Paris in the 1960s, when he was strongly influenced by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists.
Adriana Oliver is Barcelona-based artist whose works are informed by the photography and Pop Art she’s been exposed to since early age. Once she started developing her painterly practice, her visual language developed towards bold figurative forms influenced by cinematographic pictures from the 50’s and 60’s, which offer a more nuanced narrative than photography through their spotlighted obscurity.
Edgar Plans is a Spanish artist that lives in Gijón and works with raw, intuitive, and exceptionally playful imagery through which he channels the innocence and optimism of children. Utilizing their limitless ideas and ideals through doodle-like visuals, he takes on grown up problems through pure, naive, yet refreshing whimsical perspective.
Ana Barriga is a Madrid-based artist that uses the existing objects, mostly ceramic flea market discoveries, to assemble and construct new narratives. Through an expressive and confident painterly technique, she is applying new characteristics to otherwise tacky souvenirs, challenging the limitations of her own as well as viewers’ imagination.
Baldur Helgason is Iceland-born and Chicago-based artist whose surreal pictures reflect his own experiences and visions of the world around him. Using a signature, vintage cartoon-like character to channel his emotions, he is wrapping the most intimate stories with humor, absurdity, and wit, often subtly referencing classical art or popular culture phenomenons.
Jeff McCreight aka Ru8icon is an American artist based out of Barcelona whose work experiments with the real life moments by altering existing photographs and accenting or adding
a new narrative to them. Through a meticulous realistic visual language, he is able to conceal
certain attributes, accent the atmosphere, add movement or dynamics, and simply enhance
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