APRIL 11 - MAY 17, 2013
Walter Otero Contemporary Art (WOCA) presents
“Unpainting” by Michael Linares
San Juan, PUERTO RICO- The newly inaugurated space dedicated to contemporary art in San Juan, Walter Otero Contemporary Art (WOCA), presents the most recent work of conceptual artist Michael Linares, “Unpainting”, Thursday, April 11th at 8:00 in the evening.
The exhibition presents a collective of painting, installation and videos on the medium of painting. "Would it make sense to make one medium the central theme of a text or an exhibition?" Jan Verwoert. "Unpainting", questions the alleged autonomy of painting. The exhibition attempts to refute doctrines adjudicated to the medium and celebrate the release from its "specificity" of modern clichés. It is an attempt to demonstrate the inability of any means to have aesthetic peculiarities inherent to their material properties, while it seeks to stress in the force and the transformation of his signs throughout its history and serve as an example of a selection process based on their strict relevance in relation to the idea". said Michael Linares.
"Through extensive use of styles and media, my work reflects a continuing commitment to review and challenge the possibilities of new relations between things and their meanings. I consider my practice, to be one of constant research about what is considered art through its materiality, process and its relationship to other objects, such as language, people and situations. Apart from an aesthetic experience, which vanishes the minute that is institutionalized, I see my work as an experimental aesthetic vehicle which remains open, changing and ready to be redefined.” described Linares.
Among his most recent work is “Así las cosas” (This being so), located on the North facade of the Bass Museum of Art in Miami. This piece acquired by the Museum is part of Paint Splatter is a series of ‘flat paintings’ that explore the accidental gestures and erratic behavior characteristic of the medium and the act of painting. The series aims to constraint the immediacy and out-of-control nature of the accident (splatter) with the intention of reflecting on the act of painting and painting itself as another medium among many, with no particularities or special characteristics beyond its materiality at the service of an idea.
His work is part of prestigious collections including De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Artspace in Miami, and the Bass Museum of Art Miami and it has been exhibited in established museums, galleries and art fairs including: The New Museum, NY, Puerto Rico Contemporary Art Museum (Solo Show), The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, “Useless”, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Feria PINTA London; “Solo Project”, curated by Juan de Nieves, ARCO, Madrid; Art Basel Miami Art Project, Miami, The Peace Tower, Collaboration in the project of Mark di Suvero & Rikrit Tiravanija in the Whitney Biennial, NY, S-Files Biennial, Museo del Barrio, NY, “Lawrimore Loves Painting”, Lawrimore Project, Seattle among others.
Linares is currently presenting a solo exhibition at Ltd Los Angeles, and he was selected to be a part of the new publication of Phaidón Press, Contemporary Avant –Gardes 2013 which will be launched in September this year. His work has been featured in a number of reviews of the NY times, Village Voice among other publications.
“Unpainting” will be on display until May 17 at WOCA. Walter Otero Contemporary Art (WOCA) is located on 402 Constitution Ave., in San Juan (Puerta de Tierra), PR. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call WOCA at 787-627-5797 or visit www. walterotero.com.