Thursday, August 18, 2011

Marco Menendez

oil on aluminum
16” x 24”

Estimated value: $500

In this particular series, I am exploring the routine phenomena of the urban landscape at night: street lights, car lights, florescent lights, light emanating out of peoples’ homes and all the glow and shadow that these things produce.  The intangibility of these elements plays a major role in my work.  I am attracted to the way in which they can take over objects and change, not only our perceptions of their physical make-up, but our whole experience with them.  I first photograph and then paint these settings.  I see this practice as a way of distancing the image from its original reality and enhancing it with further layers of illusion.  

Marco Menendez holds a BFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  He spends his time driving the open road, visiting obscure historic sites and “chatting it up” with the local residents.  When he is not doing this, he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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