In just some deft swipes of thick acrylic paint, José Lerma creates richly contoured portraits that, like a silhouette, impart enigmatic impressions of figures whose full identities stay a thriller. Within the artist’s third solo exhibition with Almine Rech, he continues to discover the fabric high quality of acrylic paint (previously), which he applies in a quick and laborious course of earlier than it dries. Delicate, flat outlines painting noses, lips, and brows, which the artist augments with heavy impasto paint for hair and equipment. The medium typically collides alongside central seams, separating gentle from shadow, and extends proper as much as the sting of the canvas.
The title of the exhibition, Fichureos, attracts on a Puerto Rican colloquialism fashioned round a Spanish interpretation of the English phrase “characteristic,” used to reference ostentatious or pretentious shows. Lerma additionally seems to artwork historical past, fascinated by tertiary characters within the backgrounds of work which were rendered in unfastened, minimal brushstrokes. Mixed with the idea of facture, a time period used to explain the dealing with of paint or high quality of an paintings’s execution, Lerma embraces “fichureos” as each subject material and philosophy.
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