Karlos Cárcamo: Till the Break of Dawn, Dean Project, New York, NY

Karlos Cárcamo, Hard Edge Painting (Stan 153), 2011
Latex and enamel paint on canvas over panel
48 x 48 inches

April 7 – May 14, 2011

“Combining my interest in urban culture and art history I navigate toward making work that is in constant dialog with each other. Through the use of high and low cultural iconography and art historical references I create a working space between both cultural identities in which samples could be built upon with new content. The specific subject matter of my work touches on issues related to inner city life while balancing elements that address a broad spectrum of formal issues that engage contemporary art discourse. Creating a vocabulary that speaks of and reflects the world we currently live in today.”

-Karlos Cárcamo

Karlos Cárcamo will present a new series of paintings, sculptures, and mixed media collages that continue his on-going exploration of urban culture, its history, and the social-dynamic impact it has on all aspects of mainstream popular culture.

Adopting a conceptual process similar to the constructed nature found in hip hop music. Cárcamo incorporates its working methodology as a tool to appropriate or “sample” from, a broad spectrum of art historical sources that include, hard-edge painting, constructivism, geometric abstraction, and neo-concrete art. Cárcamo’s unique blend of work straddle the line between form and content while also paying homage to a diverse group of people that include artists Lygia Clark, Ellsworth Kelly, and Kurt Scwhitters, musician James Brown, The Incredible Bango Band and early graffiti pioneers, Pistol 1, Stan 153, Stay High and Flint 707.

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