MESALINAS OPERATICAS a solo exhibition by Omar Chacon
Opening Reception Friday November 4, 6 - 8pm
In the exhibition MESALINAS OPERATICAS, Omar Chacon has created luminous and visually tactile abstract paintings that continue his exploration of color and process.
Chacon begins by pouring a mixture of acrylic paint and medium onto a surface to dry. He sees each pour as a unique and individual brushstroke that he then arranges on a canvas to create his paintings. He has invented his own paint formula - and found innovative ways to build layers, color combinations and compositions.
Using reds, yellows, oranges and turquoise blues, Chacon composes the lyrical Opera series. A vibrant orchestration of colors and patterns reminiscent of musical notes on a page.
Never far from his Colombian roots he fantasizes about a tropical opera - merging the old and the new worlds. An autochthonous cultural event and experience that would feed the soul.
In paintings such as Variation de Mesalina we get an insight into Chacons fascination with the Roman Empire. Its power, grandeur, excesses and elegance. Iconic Roman symbols like Emperor Claudius, temptress Mesalina and Bacchus the god of wine, inspired him to make a series of monochrome paintings. The monochromes reduce painting to the basics and focus attention on singular color, process and texture. Saturated hues associated with the royal empire deliver results that are powerful and seductive.
On view through December 17, 2016
Omar Chacon was born in Bogota Colombia in 1979. He received an MA from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He currently lives and works in Queens, NY. His work has been exhibited internationally in cities such as New York City, Milan and Mexico City.
Chacon Mesalina Plateada RN, 2016, 30" x 26 1/4", acrylic on canvas
Chacon La Opera de Guacamayo, 2016, 16" x 10", acrylic on canvas
Chacon Mesalina Plateada, 2016, 24" x 20 1/4", acrylic on canvas
Chacon Variacion de Mesalina Negra, 2015, 24 1/4" x 20 1/4", acrylic on canvas
Chacon Mesalina Roja, 2016, 30" x 26 1/4", acrylic on canvas
Chacon Opera Trifasica, 2016, 20" x 24", acrylic on canvas
Chacon Variacion1 de la Opera de Chambacu, 2016, 11" x 7 1/4", acrylic on canvas
Chacon La Opera de Chapinero , 2016, 33 1/2" x 26", acrylic on paper
Chacon Mesalina Diprosopus, 2106, 33 1/2" x 26", acrylic on paper
Chacon Opera, 2016, 33 1/2" x 26", acrylic on paper