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Benito Rangel de Maria, Constant Motion 1

Benito Rangel de Maria, Constant Motion 1 (2009), digital component, wax, watercolour, newsprint, oil, pencil, India ink, mixed media on paper [Monarch Contemporary, Seattle WA, through Feb 27]

Rangel de Maria: Constant Motion

Monarch Contemporary
Seattle WA – through Feb 27, 2010

Benito Rangel de Maria, Constant Motion 1

Benito Rangel de Maria, Constant Motion 1 (2009), detail, digital component, wax, watercolour, newsprint, oil, pencil, India ink, mixed media on paper [Monarch Contemporary, Seattle WA, through Feb 27]

Benito Rangel de Maria, Constant Motion 1

Benito Rangel de Maria, Constant Motion 1 (2009), detail, digital component, wax, watercolour, newsprint, oil, pencil, India ink, mixed media on paper [Monarch Contemporary, Seattle WA, through Feb 27]

Benito Rangel de Maria was born in Michoacan, Mexico and was educated in the United States and Europe. His new installation, spanning 25 feet of gallery wall, depicts a locomotive and the sensation of movement. The large-scale work was executed on 10 print-based panels over five feet tall and are embellished with a conglomeration of richly executed details in oil, wax, india ink and other media.

The effect is encompassing, partly due to scale and partly because of the way de Maria defines his surfaces with a textural intricacy that is enticing. The main print of a locomotive is the unifying structure, and de Maria creates the rhythmic effect of riding on a train by fragmenting the composition with layers of collaged, painted and printed areas. Sections of imagery and newspaper clippings are partially obscured, woven beneath bolder foregrounds that stretch the length of the train in earthy shades of yellow and white.

His “visual essays” create a metaphor about the constancy of time. Accumulated memories overlap with visual sensations to replicate qualities of contemporary life. The continual motion of these bold unifying markings carry the collective experience of the newsprint ephemera into the present moment. Worn and weathered markings evoke the passage of time and lend an element of physicality to the otherwise transient feeling of the piece.

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Allyn Cantor


 Wed, Feb 17, 2010