ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 85

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arlos Maneiro
’s ebullient abstract paintings display a mix of control,
minimalism, and explosive energy that is as captivating as it is noticeable.
Maneiro creates undulating compositions that generally feature a single shape,
embellished and articulated in places but explicitly unidirectional. The line, as
it draws out and connects shapes, is key, as are organic forms, easy curves,
and wonderfully energized, handmade marks like splatters, drags, and drips.
The shapes evoke the ever-moving human body negotiating a matrix of forces,
which Maneiro describes as “the frailty of individuals and the physical forces
that bind them together.”
Essential to the work’s dramatic impact is its palette, which is starkly presented
against either a white or black background. Vivid primary colors combat each
other for space in some paintings, and gently bleed into each other in others.
Maneiro gets the widest possible range of textures out of his oils, creating both
clean, rigid color fields and dreamy clouds of shaded pigment.
Maneiro was born in Caracas and lived in the United States and Germany before
returning to Venezuela many years later. He has exhibited extensively in both
his home country and the United States.
Nocturnal Tres Oil on Canvas 47.5” x 27.5”
Carlos Maneiro
G
erard Renvez
’s singular ink works are part printmaking, part
found sculpture, and even part photogram: a mind-bending
mixture of mechanical processes that pays tribute to what Renvez calls
“the memory of industrial sites.” In the artist’s eyes, the abandoned
factories in France’s industrial areas are part of the country’s financial
and cultural heritage. His work is to record their unique trappings even
as they disappear. Renvez collects pieces of tools and machinery from
such sites and transfers their images to paper with the aid of the rust,
dust, pigment traces, and grease that naturally accrues over time. The
process makes for a spectrum of permanence, from color lying on top
of the paper to the dust truly mixing in with the fibers.
The resulting images are ghostly and frail, much like the neglected sites
themselves. The objects appear in patchy silhouette, familiar but distant
and intangible. Renvez collages different tools together, swinging them
round the page and putting them together to form new, ominous
bodies.
Renvez was born in Paris and today lives in Bretagne, France. He has
exhibited widely both in his home country and in the United Kingdom,
where he lived for a period, and has worked on industrial sites in France
and Nottingham, UK.
Épreuve n°13 Ink on Paper 30” x 22”
Gerard Renvez
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