Allow me to re-introduce myself
T. Eliott Mansa
David Castillo Gallery is pleased to present Allow me to re-introduce myself, a group show with works by Rakel Bernie, Daniel Crews, Adler Guerrier, T. Eliott Mansa, Adria Marquez, and Aramis O’Reilly.
As contemporary art practice begs a cyclical understanding of culture, aesthetics, and politics, so, too does a life well lived. The curatorial act introduces and re-contextualizes artwork even as artists ebb and flow in the pursuit of their careers and development as human beings. Allow me to re-introduce myself espouses art and life in self-perpetuating mimicry at its best. The artists’ works advise Poor Richard that the path to enlightenment is circuitous rather than straight.
Rakel Bernie, Adler Guerrier, T. Eliott Mansa, and Adria Marquez endow historic content with personal sentiment. Bernie’s works of collage, graphite, watercolor, and acrylic on mylar explore the dependencies between birds, femininity, and landscape in Scandinavian mythology. Mansa deconstructs the subjects of his oil-on-canvas portraits according to familial and racial histories and their relationships to the future. The language of socio-political revolutions and protests is given a face by Guerrier’s drawing and sculpture. Marquez’s Mop series transforms materials, such as cleaning supplies, associated with working-class professions and generic tasks into highbrow art objects, implying the duality of process, class relations, and gender.
Daniel Crews and Aramis O’Reilly bring waking consistency to aesthetics like dreams remembered. Crews’ abstractions engage formalist inquiries into the structure and formation of invented and non-specific language. O’Reilly’s understanding of the language of painting as a medium allows for the evolution of narrative in his palettes and mark-making.
Adler Guerrier was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he lives and works. He has exhibited at the Miami Art Museum and The Whitney Biennial 2008. His works can be found in public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, and have appeared in Art In America and the New York Times.
Rakel Bernie has exhibited throughout the United States. Daniel Crews studied at New World School of the Arts, Miami, and Hunter College, NYC, where he currently lives and works. T. Eliott Mansa attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. He lives and works in Miami. Adria Marquez attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been shown in the US and internationally. Aramis O’Reilly lives and works in Miami where he teaches at New World School of the Arts.