New York – Utopia author Thomas More is an unlikely source of inspiration for New York contemporary art exhibition Paradise Syndrome.
In her role as founder of PEANA, which raises social and cultural awareness of Latin American and Spanish artists, curator Ana Perez Escoto has brought together the works of contemporary artists including Silvina Arismendi, Juan Fontanive, Aldo Chaparro and Francisco Ugarte.
Many of the works were created in situ from pieces of wood, marble, brick and metal from the abandoned marble factory where the exhibition is being held. Escoto has kept it in a state of disrepair as a contrast to the vibrant works on display.
Mario Navarro’s sculpture Marmor Isodomum, for example, is constructed from found pieces of marble, glass and wood like the last remnants of a fallen empire, while Alexis Zambrano’s oil painting Tissot’s Holiday at Glass House contrasts opulence with minimalism.
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