Juan Carlos Quintana

hoodwink by didactix

November 4 - December 30, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 4, 4 - 6 p.m.
Minnesota Street Project - Gallery #104

 

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Revenge Of The Philistines, 2017, 108 x 142", ink and acrylic on canvas paper.

 

We are pleased to announce hoodwink by didactix by Juan Carlos Quintana, the third solo show of the artist with the gallery. Join us for the opening reception November 4, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Minnesota Street Project gallery #104. The exhibition will be up through December 30, 2017.

Quintana’s work is known to not pull any punches. In this new body of work, he continues to search for a just world. The characters portrayed in his paintings are the heroes and villains of these tumultuous times. The villains are oblivious to the havoc they wreak. He manages to capture the defiance of heroes, which can be lovely and yet heartbreaking, reminding us of the music that is defiantly blissful in the face of adversity.

Artist’s Statement
 
We are all hoodwinked into believing in one thing or another. We are schooled at an early age that a certain ideology is best for us, that patriotism and love for a country is important or a certain religion can give us salvation. Popular culture has taught us that to be happy you need to accumulate monetary wealth and obtain a certain social status. We are seduced into believing that a so-called “American Dream” is attainable if you work hard enough.
 
I see these paintings as social commentaries or observation of the times we are living in. I wish to memorialize a moment in time where we are bearing witness to the hubris, incompetence, arrogance, folly and violence, in a culture that emboldens racist hate groups and xenophobic attitudes. While the powers that be fervently gaslight the populace, any sense of reason is thrown out the window.
 
The paintings oscillate between being didactic and cryptic. Despite having a dystopian outlook, the works portray a humorous and raucous open ended narrative full of inflatable dancing blow-up men, predatory housing billboards that promote wealth inequality and gentrification, and nouveau riche on their way to a trendy art fair.

 

 

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant for 2016. 

 

 

 

 

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8. Salon is pleased to announce the exhibiton "Abortion of Cute". This will have been an iconic show (not being ironic).

The works of the artists in the exhibition, Abortion of Cute, explores the relationship between emerging sexualities and Lumpenproletarier ethics. With influences as diverse as Wittgenstein and Margaret Keane, new insights are generated from de-construction, de-colonization and undiscovered discourses.

 

Ever since they were young pubescent teenagers, these artists have been fascinated by both the theoretical limits of meaning and the endless possibilities of being exiled on a tropical island.  What starts out as a well intended vision soon becomes corrupted into a carnival of distress, leaving only a sense of chaos, anti-cultural leanings, and the prospect that “failure, my friend, is just around the corner”. Subversion to the notion of signifiers, the perceived ineptness, garish, unsophisticated, or trivial conditions of their artistic practices becomes the vital force that liberates them from the humdrum circumstances of having to do the “same old shit”. These artists are conscious that the pervasiveness of all things cute are always susceptible of being co-opted by the counter-anti aesthetics of the so called progressive forces.  They do not drink the Kool Aid.

As temporal derivatives become frozen through boundaries and repetitive art practices, the gentle viewer is left with a subversive hymn ("Feudin' Banjos") to the inaccuracies of our cultural tableaus and to the abortion of cute.  


The artists in this exhibition includes: Carlo Ricafort (San Francisco), Gerardo Tan (Manila), Lizza  May David (Berlin), Juan Carlos Quintana (Oakland), Manuel Ocampo (Manila/ Marseille), Maria Cruz (Berlin), Timo Roter (Hamburg/Iloilo).   

Opening: july 6, 7pm.

Exhibiton hours: Thursday - Saturday, 3-6pm. July 7 - August 10.

Looking forward to seeing you.

8.Salon

Trommelstrasse 7

22767 Hamburg

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Jack Fischer Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Retrospectives, a solo exhibition by Juan Carlos Quintana.

July 18th - August 29th, 2015

Retrospective:
An exhibition or compilation showing the development of the work of a particular artist over a period of time.
Looking back on or dealing with past events or situations

Quintanaʼs work offers a heady mixture of pessimism, humor, bright color, and impasto. In Art Collectors Descending on Unsuspecting Emerging Economies (2015) , a motley cluster of creatures float in the center of a beautifully worked surface of white and grey. Quintanaʼs title warns that, in spite of their toothy grins and big eyes, these animals have sinister intentions. The artist often directs ridicule at the art world through his titles, though no established form of elitism and conservatism is spared (see Agents of Status Quo). Quintanaʼs paintings are not illustrations of his titles, so much as provocative juxtapositions that summon reflection on humanityʼs absurdity, malice, futility, and banality. 

"My exhibition, Retrospectives, is an attempt to act as curator and collaborator with myself, while recognizing the absurdity of such an endeavor. Using glass display cases, I futilely tried to formalize my work. I envisioned each case as an attempted retrospective, though ultimately they become an exercise on 'how not to show your paintings.' The cases constitute, as a whole, a failed retrospective or mini-faux-retrospectives, but within that 'failure' is a creative exploration and playfullness that I believe is the crux of my studio practice." 

- Juan Carlos Quintana
 

Quintanaʼs approach to the works in Retrospectives is earnestly and comically explained in the statement above. Having been prompted by recent events to consider the idea of a retrospective, he wonders how to go about such a thing, where to draw his parameters, and what roles he might assume in the process.

Juan Carlos Quintana attended Tulane University in New Orleans. He was raised in Louisiana, and now lives in Oakland, CA. This is Quintanaʼs third solo exhibition at Jack Fischer Gallery. Quintana has also shown in solo exhibitions at the Freies Museum in Berlin;  the Oberpfaizer Kunstlerhaus II in Schwandorf, Germany; Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba; Taylor Bercier Fine Arts, New Orleans; and John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco. Recently, he participated in the XII Havana Biennial Collateral exhibitions in Habana, Cuba

An opening reception for the artist will be held on July 18th from 4:00 to 6:00pm

 


 

MIRAGE Casa De Cultura De Guanabacoa, Cuba Collateral exhibition to the 12th Havana Biennial May 26 – June 22, 2015   Opening reception: Tuesday, May 26, 6:00 – 10:00 pm with live performance by Sriba Kwadjovie   Brigada Roja/Nelson Enriquez & Rebekah Olstad Bernardo Palau Carlo Ricafort COLL.EO Juan Carlos Quintana     Ingles: There are nebulous horizons playing tricks on us by promising the illusion of change while simultaneously defending the interest of the status quo.  There is no sea or land that separate or unite us; there are only desires.  We are all in a mirage longing for something tangible which becomes intangible when viewed upon the prism of expectations.  The unlikelihood of possible alternatives will become clear as subversive practices are recognized for what they really are: hegemonic lollipops - as harmless as tooth decay and bad breath - yet can lead to heart failure. Español:  A tientas, como perdidos en la niebla vamos engañándonos a nosotros mismos. Por la ilusión, por ese posible cambio venidero que al mismo tiempo nos deja perdidos en la ensoñación (y el estatus quo). Realmente ni los mares, ni las fronteras nos unen o separan; el deseo es lo único que existe. Todos estamos inmersos en un espejismo, deseando, esperando por algo tangible que al mismo tiempo se vuelve inasible cuando lo vemos a través del cristal de las expectativas. La improbabilidad de cualquier otra alternativa se pone de manifiesto cuando reconocemos el verdadero valor de cualquier "acto subversivo"; al final solo parecen caramelos hegemónicos tan innocuos como un dolor de muelas.    

MIRAGE

Casa De Cultura De Guanabacoa, Cuba

Collateral exhibition to the 12th Havana Biennial

May 26 – June 22, 2015

 

Opening reception: Tuesday, May 26, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

with live performance by Sriba Kwadjovie

 

Brigada Roja/Nelson Enriquez & Rebekah Olstad

Bernardo Palau

Carlo Ricafort

COLL.EO

Juan Carlos Quintana
 

 

Ingles:

There are nebulous horizons playing tricks on us by promising the illusion of change while simultaneously defending the interest of the status quo.  There is no sea or land that separate or unite us; there are only desires.  We are all in a mirage longing for something tangible which becomes intangible when viewed upon the prism of expectations.  The unlikelihood of possible alternatives will become clear as subversive practices are recognized for what they really are: hegemonic lollipops - as harmless as tooth decay and bad breath - yet can lead to heart failure.

Español: 

A tientas, como perdidos en la niebla vamos engañándonos a nosotros mismos. Por la ilusión, por ese posible cambio venidero que al mismo tiempo nos deja perdidos en la ensoñación (y el estatus quo). Realmente ni los mares, ni las fronteras nos unen o separan; el deseo es lo único que existe. Todos estamos inmersos en un espejismo, deseando, esperando por algo tangible que al mismo tiempo se vuelve inasible cuando lo vemos a través del cristal de las expectativas. La improbabilidad de cualquier otra alternativa se pone de manifiesto cuando reconocemos el verdadero valor de cualquier "acto subversivo"; al final solo parecen caramelos hegemónicos tan innocuos como un dolor de muelas.  

 

Join us on March 4, 2014, Wednesday for the Opening Show of  TROPES OF EXPECTATIONS a group show featuring MANUEL OCAMPO, CARLO RICAFORT, JUAN CARLOS QUINTANA, JAVIER ARCE, TIMO ROTER Drop by 8 PM at Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, 2135 Chino Roces Ave. Makati

Join us on March 4, 2014, Wednesday

for the Opening Show of 

TROPES OF EXPECTATIONS

a group show featuring

MANUEL OCAMPO, CARLO RICAFORT, JUAN CARLOS QUINTANA, JAVIER ARCE, TIMO ROTER

Drop by 8 PM at Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, 2135 Chino Roces Ave. Makati