Martha Otero Gallery is proud to present Eden, an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Matthias Duwel, curated by Julie Machado.
Duwels work centers on the idea of flux, excess and superabundance. At first glance, the environmental issues addressed in his pieces deflect recognition, due to the skillful use of unique color spacesfrom chromatic grays to highly saturated pinks, greens, blues and violets.
The worlds Duwel constructs are reminiscent of amusement parks, camouflaging so to speak the seriousness of the subject matter. His chaotically vivid, whirlwind compositions spin out of control, however upon closer inspection, little areas of respite, little Edens appear: a snow globe, an Airstream trailer, a suburban enclave. These idealized enclaves produce the realization that only deep inside ourselves, within the confines of our own inner sanctum, can we find the stability that we as humans inherently seek...our personal Eden. Borrowing on a similar iconography, the drawings presented in this exhibition are more intently focused on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and its ongoing repercussions.
Exhibition runs August 4 August 29, 2012