(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

16 October 2013

EMPIRIA: Works by Kajahl Benes, Miguel Ovalle, and Esteban del Valle

Miguel Ovalle
Curated by Coby Kennedy, EMPIRIA features the work of Kajahl Benes, Miguel Ovalle, and Esteban del Valle. Ranging from floor to ceiling installation and sculpture to paintings that span an entire wall, the show brings together three artists with distinct styles, "creating their own interpretations of reality, exploring the themes of lost and found history, and all the building of a mythology."

Kajal Benes
When entering the gallery's main room you first catch sight of the canvases of Kajahl Benes, rich with color and detail, synthesizing different styles within one painting, mixing fantasy with reality, holding the viewer's gaze for quite some time. As your eye wanders to the left one sees Miguel Ovalle's sculptural installation––covering an entire wall, from floor to ceiling––his work constantly evolving, an ambitious artist as is evident in the meticulous design and detail of his sculptures and typographic works. Across from Ovalle, spans Esteban del Valle's loosely stretched, horizontal grey-scale canvas. Within the work lies a man in an ominous atmosphere, beautifully disorienting, is the man dead or dreaming?

Esteban del Ovalle 
The show's opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6 to 10 PM at Superchief Gallery at CULTUREfix, 9 Clinton St (between E. Houston and Stanton), New York, NY.