Eastern Projects is pleased to present “Parallel Universe”, a series of ink drawings on paper (24”x19”) by Gomez Bueno. This is Gomez Bueno’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, and our first exhibition of 2021.
Parallel Universe is a series of ink drawings on paper (24” x 19”) created during the covid-19 pandemic. Due to the mandatory confinement and the social distancing, my wife was working from home and my kids were also distant learning from home. Because my studio is in my house, I had to refrain myself from making the smelly polyester resign sculptures and spray paintings that I was making before all this started. With ink if you make a mistake, it stays there because you can’t cover anything, but it doesn’t smell, is not toxic, you don’t need to have a 5 horse power compressor, or an industrial fan going while you are working. So a decision was made. Obviously I’ve done drawings before but never day after day for more than a year like this time. There are two groups of drawings in the series, the portraits and the compositions. Both are pretty symmetrical if not totally symmetrical. This practice is a little challenging but adds a sense of surrealism to the subject that I like. These characters and weird compositions became my social network, hence the title of the exhibition, “Parallel Universe”. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did creating them.
The work of Gomez Bueno follows the complex and ironic legacy of Pop Art mixed with Conceptual Art, particularly the strand with the most social implications. His are works constructed like games, at once innocent and perverse, without a manifest critical distance. They are radical and festive, ambiguous and devastating, complex and transgressive. He deploys radical humour and irony to move along the narrow line that separates apparent veneration for the irresponsible and hedonistic consumer culture and an acid, critical stance that makes no concessions. Gomez Bueno is a sharpshooter from a space of freedom who arrogates the right to appropriate any icon. His work is always recognizable by its jovial and festive appearance but after careful analysis surprises often appear. Sometimes they are the concepts or images that have been appropriated, others the hidden messages or the technique used nevertheless it is always an added value that differentiates his work from the rest.
Gomez Bueno’s work has been exhibited at museums including the Museo de Bellas Artes (Santander), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Centro de Arte (Tenerife), Laguna Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), San Jose Museum of Art, LACMA, Harwood Museum Taos (NM), Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Galeria Torreao Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional (Lisboa), Grand Palais of Paris, Industrie Und Handelskammer (Frankfurt), Today Art Museum (Beijing) and Chiso Museum (Kyoto) among others. As well as at commercial galleries in Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, England, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Thailand, China and USA.
Only 10 guests in 30 minute intervals will be allowed inside, MASKS and social distancing are mandatory for the safety of everyone. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry, time limits will be enforced.
for those who cannot attend, you can join us via ZOOM, https://www.zoom.us/join:
Meeting ID: 689 923 7694