September 18 - November 30, 2020
From the gallery:
“Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Flying Fast Forward, Eduardo Portillo’s first solo-exhibition at Barbara Davis Gallery, opening online and in person by appointment Friday, September 18, 2020.
Portillo’s work leads a negotiation between a borderline and the exterior of the pictorial plane, realizing his desire to deviate from the rectilinear into real space. Portillo’s latest work might be the apotheosis of his mestiza aesthetic, insofar as he’s condensed his idiom through a progression that can be mistaken by radical minimalism when studied up-close the work is an actual manifestation of what the artist defines as the new American Baroque.
The way Portillo’s work moves toward a further streamlined sensibility allows for his pieces to focus more effectively on the concept of borderlines, the complexity of the structure of the work, and his material ingenuity. The juxtaposition that is established between what is considered painting and what is categorized as a sculptural work, subverts the allotted space each is normally given. In this way, his work breathes life into these ordinarily lifeless areas, celebrating the tension between implied capacity and imposed boundary.
Eduardo Portillo was born in El Congo, El Salvador in 1986 and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. He received a BFA in Painting at the University of Houston in 2011. His work has been exhibited in numerous art venues including “Pushing Bounderies” the inaugural exhibition of the prestigious Site 131 in Dallas, a two person show Eduardo Portillo and Paul Kremer curated by Joan Davidow, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Galveston Art Center and numerous other venues. He has been awarded artist residencies at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Mexico as well as the Vermont Studio Center.”
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