Broke as a Broke Dick Dawg : Carlo Ricafort
Opening on Thursday, June 28, 6pm. Exhibition runs until July 16, 2012. Carlo Ricafort's solo exhibition at West Gallery features a series of paintings and various works on paper that play on the blurring between abstraction and figuration into a distinctive painterly design, while ruminating on the artist's abduction by ethno-kitsch that wrangle into episodes of existential tomfoolery, as visual punchlines negating the tired conventions commonly attributed to painting, with the artist ending "Broke as a Broke Dick Dawg." Hence, in the paintings, icons of Modernist sculpture stand side by side with tribal idols, which capture the mock reality we have of the moment when worlds collide into apocalyptic comedy. Ricafort's paintings follow a consistency of style that is broken, as fragmentary pictorial consciousness emphasizing the indeterminacy of the painterly process and the contradictions existing within our expansive imagination.
Coinciding this exhibition are solo shows by artists Jason Montinola: Sinister, Jojo Serrano: Fossil Electric Black Objects and Gail Vicente: What's So Good About the Morning also at West Gallery.