Antonio Santin Exhibition

Marc Straus

poster for Antonio Santin Exhibition

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Marc Straus presents an exhibition of new paintings by Antonio Santin on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in New York.

Santin constructs arresting compositions that simultaneously attract and unsettle in their evocative depictions of sublimated desire. He orchestrates elaborate still-lifes that originate from his own theatrically composed photographs. Visiting his models at their homes, Santin chooses outfits from their personal belongings and assembles each detail of the image. He then transforms each photographic record into a painterly construct in oil on canvas that vacillates between a mimetic three-dimensional space and a heightened reality augmented by surprising shifts in texture and gesture. Deeply rooted in the tradition of Spanish Tenebrism as well as his own training as a sculptor, Santin juxtaposes flattened planes with tangible forms carved by light and shadow to create a continuous perceptual dialogue in each work.

These series of recent related works incorporate the human form as a fetishized object to be hidden or revealed in images that often conjure a cinematic aesthetic. The rug series evolved from his interest in the opacity of fabric as a device to obscure the body with abstract patterns and textures. His newest series of crocheted landscapes of the female form are at once a technical accomplishment of texture and a formal repositioning of the body as a distinct yet abstract mass.



from April 01, 2012 to May 06, 2012


Antonio Santin

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