About the Absolute Truth
“Is the narrative you now possess really and truly your own? Are your dreams really your own dreams? Might not they be someone else’s visions that could sooner or later turn into nightmares?” -Haruki Murakami
MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery presents José Manuel Mesías: About the Absolute Truth from May 28th through August 13th, 2016—The gallery is located at 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, in Little River. An opening reception with the artists will take place Saturday, May 28th, from 7-9pm.
José Manuel Mesías’s work in About the Absolute Truth revolves around the idea of art as a means of exploring the unknown. Through detailed observation of objects, spaces, and people close to his daily life in Old Havana, Mesías looks for a passage through the thick tissue of the “real world,”probing his disturbing and disquieting inner monologue. Silent and mysterious large-format paintings, expressionist portraits, and small textural objects both found and fabricated, are the main focus of his oeuvre. The integration of the decaying beauty and deterioration of his urban environment inspire him to create psychologically charged tableaus.
About José Manuel Mesías
José Manuel Mesías was born in 1990 in Havana, Cuba, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro in 2009. His work has been featured in solo shows in Cuba as well as group exhibitions in Cuba, the US, Europe, and South America. He participated in a Cuba-UK exchange program in London, and serves as assistant professor at San Alejandro.
Mesías utilizes his environment as a source of both concept and material. His work is deeply rooted in history and the cultural evolution of Cuba. Mesías deconstructs moments in history and recontextualizes these events to reflect contemporary occurrences: “Silent and mysterious large-format paintings, expressionistic portraits, and small creations—with rich textures and a certain poetic and spontaneous air—are the main tracks of my creativity. My work exudes the beauty and deterioration of the urban setting, as it transmits the anxiety and marvel that the world, in equal parts, provokes.”