David Castillo Gallery opens Glexis Novoa Old / New, Saturday November 8, 7-10 pm
David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Old / New, a solo exhibition by Glexis Novoa. Novoa renders cityscapes like peering into a curio cabinet and coming face-to-horizon with societal apocalypse in miniature. In Harold and the Purple Crayon, a children’s book by Crockett Johnson, Harold draws his own picaresque narrative into being. With similar intuition, autonomy, and deceiving innocence, Novoa’s sculptural approach to drawing conjures urban environs as products of and covert oppositions to totalitarianism. The exhibition includes work the artist has been developing over the past several years: his graphite on marble and graphite on dry wall drawings. The exhibition includes new bodies of work as well, such as an installation and color prints.
Novoa constructs a language of symbols based upon icons of political, ideological, religious, and Art Historical significance in the trench between what one sees and expects to see. In this no-man’s land, Novoa re-codifies the past, critiques the present, and projects a future either destined for disrepair or ripe for collaboration and creative reconstruction. Novoa’s architectural surfaces of marble and drywall evoke the construction of history. Similarly, his use of graphite evokes the written word, further aligning the viewer with the authorship of history, and history with interpretation.
Unlike Harold’s innocuous wandering, Novoa’s work brews an urgency implicit in the satellites, monuments, microchips, and parachutes almost voyeuristic in their revelation of the past and manifestation of the future- two unknowns responsible for the despair and hope entwined in Novoa’s work. Post-Guerrilla / Post- Terrorism, for example, suggests both static complacency in the wake of guerrilla attack and the naming (in the fashion of Art History) of a successive militant movement.
Confronting Novoa enables one to realize the weightlessness of pedigree in the face of universal concerns such as alternation of landscape, destruction of life, and perpetuation of culture. Novoa causes the viewer to isolate and associate objects, endowing them with potential energy. The symbolic nature of his drawings warns that if not given a collaborative, pensive, and immediate push in the righteous direction, a force beyond human power and Newtonian physics will seize the opportunity, perhaps to disastrous results.
Glexis Novoa was born in Holguin, Cuba and lives and works in Miami. He studied at the National School of Art, Havana and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. His work has appeared in Artnews, New York Times, Miami Herald, Artpapers, and Art in America among many other publications. He is also included in the Phaidon book Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. The artist has exhibited at prestigious venues throughout the US, Latin America, and Europe.
In the project room, the gallery is pleased to present Jay Ore. Ore’s work investigates the intersection of comic and vulnerable elements through observations of the UFO phenomenon. His paintings and Polaroid collages blend fantasy and reality, pop culture and myth in Miami and society at large. Ore lives and works in Miami and has exhibited widely at venues such as Miami Dade College and Old Capitol Gallery in Tallahassee, FL.
About David Castillo David Castillo has been a private art consultant and art dealer for over a decade. His professional background began with the Yale University Art Gallery, and later museums and galleries in Miami & elsewhere. His studies and degrees are in History & Art History from Yale University & the Vatican.
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david castillo gallery
2234 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
WYNWOOD ARTS DISTRICT