On Thursday, February 1st, 2007, Dionisio Cortes will open a solo exhibition of paintings at the John Davis Gallery. The work will be on display through February 25th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 3rd from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Dionisio Cortes constructs densely patterned and highly ornamental paintings. He builds up his subject matter by laying decorative designs [drawn from materials and patterns found in the decorative arts] over rhythmic and gestural patterns. Cortes’ work reflects his interest in the “ideal beauty” in an overloaded information age.
His work is developed by carefully accumulating tens of layers. The substrates are rigid surfaces, usually wooden panels, coated with dry gesso, which yields a smooth, luminous surface. Veils of paint are layered on top in an obsessive and ritualistic process. The pieces interweave materials and methods allowing for a translucency with ethereal and atmospheric qualities. This meticulous and laborious process is encrypted and recuperated in the finished product.
Mr. Cortes lives and works in
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