Marc Straus

Gallery

Omar Rodriguez-Graham

April 9 - May 26, 2017

Opening Reception
Sun April 9 2017, 6pm - 8pm

MARC STRAUS is proud to present the inaugural solo exhibition of Mexican artist Omar Rodriguez-Graham in New York.

Omar Rodriguez-Graham reads Renaissance paintings like an architectural diagram, extrapolating compositional armatures and color relations from historic masters such as Uccello and applies them in his dynamic abstractions.

In a carefully planned process, Rodriguez-Graham digitally modifies these historic paintings to an unrecognizable abstraction. These digital sketches are then translated into actual large-format paintings. A patchy sky, a stark insignia, colorful regalia, limbs and weaponry are the substrates for a reconsidered image.

As with the calculated approach of Renaissance painters, Rodriguez-Graham methodically assigns different colors, textures and techniques to specific areas, slowly constructing each plane. Even the shape and scale of canvases are carefully considered. As he builds the painting, Rodriguez-Graham welcomes moments of improvisation, experimenting with different ways of applying oil paint in each passage of the picture. This is his way of compressing and tackling various moments of art history.

And yet in the end, these very contemporary abstract paintings feel related to the Renaissance. The palette and juxtapositions might be from Tiepolo’s “Immaculate Conception”, reconsidered. We blink several times and perhaps the flowing blue robe materializes.

In contrast, Rodriguez-Graham’s small format drawings with color pencil on linen are intimate and light, often with areas of the raw linen left exposed. Exploring the nuances of a different medium, these delicate works focus on a single burst of energy.

In the end, his unique compositions are bold and charged with vitality and emotion. By opening a dialogue with the great painters in history, Rodriguez-Graham is an artist fully aware of the progression of abstraction in the last seventy years. His work is imbued with the power not seen often in today’s abstractions.

Omar Rodriguez-Graham (b. 1978, México) lives and works in Mexico City. His work has been shown both individually and collectively in México, the United States, Europe and South America and included in numerous museum group shows including the National Museum of Art (Mexico, 2014), the 15th Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial at the Tamayo Museum (Mexico, 2012), the Museum of Modern Art (Mexico, 2010). Rodriguez-Graham graduated with a BA from Drew University in Madison, N.J., U.S.A. in 2003 and received his MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, P.A., U.S.A. in 2005. His work is found in private and public collections in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, México, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Venezuela including La Colección Jumex and Museo de Arte Moderno, México.

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Works In Exhibition
Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm
 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Roche Limit

2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Tidal

2017
Oil on Linen
67 x 56 inches
170 x 142 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Event Horizon

2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Ray Burst

2017
Oil on Linen
60 inches / 152.4 cm diameter

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2017
Oil on Linen
60 x 60 inches / 152.4 x 152.4 cm  2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Structural Fog

2017
Oil on Linen
60 x 60 inches / 152.4 x 152.4 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
22.5 x 19.7 inches
57 x 50 cm 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
22.5 x 19.7 inches
57 x 50 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm

Omar Rodriguez-Graham 2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm 2017 Marc Straus Gallery
Untitled

2016
Colored Pencil and Ink on Linen
13.4 x 11.8 inches
34 x 30 cm

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