Monday, June 04, 2012

José-María Cano at Kristy Stubbs Gallery

Divore Papers - Installation View

A repost of ModernDallas.net article I wrote for a show in May 2012.

Thursday night, Kristy Stubbs Gallery Pop-Up at Highland Park Village featured London artist José-María Cano’s encaustic paintings. In grad school, I wrote a paper on Cano and how his work moved through the commodity chain of the art world. However, I will not bore you with a clinical analysis of his work through an academic lens.

Early on, José-María Cano studied the visual arts, but then he became a member of the pop band Mecano. As a singer, Cano began collecting art and developing a taste and personal aesthetic. When the band broke up, and his wife divorced, Cano embarked on a painting career. His interests in art history and his experience with encaustic in the past lead Cano to begin working with the wax painting technique. His paintings are thick with wax, and the surface is bumpy with small craters. His paints look like Pop Art Conceptualism , in other words, someone that takes popular pictures and then re-contextualizes the image with philosophical contemplation.

Early on, José-María Cano studied the visual arts, but then he became a member of the pop band Mecano. As a singer, Cano began collecting art and developing a taste and personal aesthetic. When the band broke up, and his wife divorced, Cano embarked on a painting career. His interests in art history and his experience with encaustic in the past lead Cano to begin working with the wax painting technique. His paintings are thick with wax, and the surface is bumpy with small craters. His paints look like Pop Art Conceptualism , in other words, someone that takes popular pictures and then re-contextualizes the image with philosophical contemplation.

José-María Cano flew in for the opening Thursday and his show titled “Divorce Papers and Expansive Postcards,” is up until May 31. Oh and by the way, last year he had some work at the 54th Venice Biennale.

For more images, visit ModernDallas.net.

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