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MARC STRAUS is pleased to present Emil Alzamora’s inaugural one-person exhibit at the gallery.

Emil Alzamora (b. 1975, Peru) sculptures represent the human form reduced to its purist elements, as though distilled and honed. Elongated and devoid of identifiable human characteristics such as eyes, facial features and hair, these emotionally charged works are at once anonymous and at the same time universally representative.

They are both modernist and surreal and at the same time of the moment. These spare figures follow in the footsteps of Giacometti, who more than any 20th century artist found a personal and eccentric language to bring emotional power to a spare sinewy figure. Yet Alzamora’s stark refined surfaces inevitably bring to mind Arp, Archipenko, and of course, Brancusi.

Tall shoulders, but Alzamora has undeniably found a unique voice that is immediately recognizable. The work has a quiet breathlessness. In HECTOR’S RETURN, bronze with a beautiful golden patina, over 7 ½ feet tall, a slender mostly amorphous figure is without doubt male and yet there is little support for gender differentiation. He is weighted down with events in which he had a pivotal role and the title looks back to mythology for clues.

Alzamora presents four new bronze figures for this exhibit, each seemingly in repose also at a crucial moment. FORCE MAJEURE is seated with legs splayed. At the end of a run? It is the pause in the narrative, the interstice, weighed by the before and after we are left to consider. In two new gypsum works figures seem wrapped as if mummified and yet these are not quiescent works; they are enlivened by the body’s contortion.

Alzamora’s works have been exhibited in numerous institutions worldwide, including The Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York; The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill; The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas; The United Nations Building, New York; and Pepsico World Headquarters, New York. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, The L Magazine, El Diario, Juxtapoz, High Fructose, Cool Hunting and elsewhere. In 2014, he was the recipient of two major outdoor commissions, one on the Hudson River waterfront in Peekskill, New York, and another at Seolbong Park. Icheon, South Korea.

Emil Alzamora is represented by MARC STRAUS, New York.

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Installation View
Emil Alzamora  2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Emil Alzamora May 2015
Emil Alzamora  2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Emil Alzamora May 2015
Emil Alzamora  2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Emil Alzamora May 2015
Emil Alzamora  2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Emil Alzamora May 2015
Emil Alzamora  2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Emil Alzamora May 2015
Emil Alzamora  2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Emil Alzamora May 2015
Works In Exhibition
Emil Alzamora 2015
Gypsum With Graphite Wax Finish
82 x 18 x 33 inches / 208 x 46 x 84 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
In Gondor

2015
Gypsum With Graphite Wax Finish
82 x 18 x 33 inches / 208 x 46 x 84 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Gypsum and Steel
42 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 18 inches / 108 x 65 x 46 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Autumn

2015
Gypsum and Steel
42 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 18 inches / 108 x 65 x 46 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Gypsum with graphite wax finish
31 x 10 x 13 1/2 inches / 79 x 25 x 34 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Chrysalis

2015
Gypsum with graphite wax finish
31 x 10 x 13 1/2 inches / 79 x 25 x 34 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Reinforced Gympsum
76 x 23 x 14 inches / 193 x 58.4 x 35.5 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
The Strange Situation

2015
Reinforced Gympsum
76 x 23 x 14 inches / 193 x 58.4 x 35.5 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Gypsum
36 x 18 x 26 inches / 91 x 46 x 66 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Bowlby's Wall

2015
Gypsum
36 x 18 x 26 inches / 91 x 46 x 66 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Bronze
85 x 12 x 17 inches / 216 x 31 x 43 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Andromache

2015
Bronze
85 x 12 x 17 inches / 216 x 31 x 43 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Cast Iron
45 x 14 x 10 1/2 in / 114 x 36 x 27 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Chandrasekhar

2015
Cast Iron
45 x 14 x 10 1/2 in / 114 x 36 x 27 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Bronze
38 x 15 x 28 inches / 97 x 38 x 71 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Gullfoss

2015
Bronze
38 x 15 x 28 inches / 97 x 38 x 71 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Bronze
32 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 43 inches / 83 x 103 x 110 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Force Majeure

2015
Bronze
32 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 43 inches / 83 x 103 x 110 cm

Emil Alzamora 2015
Bronze
39 x 32 x 26 inches / 99 x 81 x 66 cm 2015 Marc Straus Gallery
Dettifoss

2015
Bronze
39 x 32 x 26 inches / 99 x 81 x 66 cm

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