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