Monday, April 25, 2011
72in. x 43in.
Enamel and Lacquer on Canvas 2011
Every time I see Ricardo Paniagua art, I feel that I have just come upon an epic event. Paniagua's work sums up the post war art and then he seems to spin it into a completely contemporary moment of irony and icon. The AB EX + Minimalism + Pop like colors birth these 2001 A Space Odyssey monolith paintings that feel like they will at any moment give off an epiphany to the viewer. Maybe I should touch them next time and see if I get a spark. I respond to the impromptu drips with the highly disciplined minimal lines. This is such a powerful contrast in style and meaning that I feel like I will never fully sort out the paintings. I somehow feel a little cooler in the work's presence. Like the sum of the past 60 years of the coolest and hippest artists helped to collaborate on a body of work. Clearly Paniagua channels the past, but he has a fresh approach to contemporary concerns.