Jack Fischer Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Retrospectives, a solo exhibition by Juan Carlos Quintana.
July 18th - August 29th, 2015
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