Michael Mancari

Motherboard

February 25 – April 9, 2017
Artist Reception: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4 – 7 p.m.

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CB1 Gallery is pleased to present Michael Mancari’s first solo exhibition in LA, Motherboard. The paintings in Motherboard explore themes related to birth, transfiguration, and memory and juxtapose both abstract and representational painting language. The exhibition will be on view from February 25 through April 9, 2017. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 25 from 4 – 7 p.m.

About observing his work, Mancari states “observations can conjure memories of the past. It is like looking through a veil of the present and peeling the layers away to expose the hidden image.” Motherboard begins with large landscape-influenced canvases. The paintings are encrusted with fragments of images sewn together. This collage of images is like a reflection of human indulgence, filled with feelings of greed and the gluttony of a consumer society.

Throughout all the paintings, ‘focus’ becomes a reoccurring subtheme. By spraying paint, rather then by brushing, the effects are like a photographer’s use of depth of field. The diffused backgrounds conjure memories of antiquity, when the natural was more prominent then the superficial. This heightens our awareness of what is in focus. The element or image maintains the quality of the “thing,” yet we are at a paradox and can’t quite understand what we might be looking at.

A state of transfiguration of a pregnant woman is represented in a series of works. The torso is focused upon while the face is subdued. These expressive canvases struggle with the transformations of the mental and physical changes of the woman and that of the expecting father. Layers of images, in themselves, come together to bind the visceral experience of what she might be experiencing and feeling. Unaware and without cause, this child will be born into this world. Within the scenes, the mother is being transformed both in physical and mental states. The point of view is that of the child looking into the world. With her limited eyesight the child can only see certain aspects in focus.

Los Angeles Artist, Michael Mancari was born in Ann Arbor Michigan. He received his BFA at The Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA at Yale University. He attended the Terra Foundation Fellowship Residency program. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and are in a variety of public and private collections. Mancari moved to Los Angeles two years ago from New York City.

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