Richard Heller Gallery presents
SATURDAY RECEPTION OCTOBER 29, 2011 5-7PM
[OCTOBER 29, 2011 – DECEMBER 17, 2011]
2525 Michigan Ave. B-5A, Santa Monica, CA 90404 | 310.453.9191
Granada-born artist Paco Pomet bases his paintings on old archival photographs, interjecting silly, surreal, and absurd elements — skewed and stretched features, scale shifts, extra or missing limbs, or goofy pop imagery — commenting on the distorting nature of memory.
Akin to the literary style of ‘magical realism’ in which surreal or magical elements manifest as normal occurrences within familiar settings, artist Paco Pomet’s intriguing work explores these unexpected notions in his richly rendered paintings. Imbued with the nostalgia of a time past, the work often appears in a monochromatic color palette, a choice that echoes the sepia toned photography of the early 1900’s. This choice enhances the realistic yet haunting landscapes in which the artist tinkers with the ‘real’ world by creating odd characters with abnormal deformities, unlikely pairings of anthropomorphic creatures and humans, and shrunken figures living in relative harmony with their ‘normal’ counterparts. While the surreal elements add a sense of narrative, the paint application shows off an interesting optical texture creating work that is both visually and thematically stunning. – HiFructose