“29 Palms” Exhibition


poster for “29 Palms” Exhibition
[Image: Christian Berman "Dos Mantras" (2015) Acrylic, gouache, feathers, porcupine quills, metal screen on panels, 24 x 18 in.]

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OUTLET Fine Art presents Chapultepec Samsara a solo show of recent works by Christian Ruiz Berman along with 29 Palms a selection of new work by Eric Santoscoy-McKillip.

Berman’s richly textured and vibrant work reflects a history of displacement and relocation. They strike a poetic balance between what he refers to as the “homogenizing power of technological globalization and the innate human desire to assert one’s uniqueness.” In this vein, Berman draws heavily on the interplay between fact, memory, and fiction, splicing-in disparate cultural influences from Japanese Ukiyo-e prints to Aztec myths.

The exhibition’s title comes from the below poem writen by Ruiz Berman articulating this new body of work:

Chapultepec samsara
Diminishing years
are stitched
with porcupine quills
and I recollect the lines
of arched bone-ware bodies.
I am partnered with
expectant lovers
star struck cartographers,
astrologer Aztecs,
uncertain mechanics.

Aligned as I am
with you
an electron entangled
in rhythmical eyelashes,
suspended from the eaves
of your approval,
I am weighing your attention,
testing the resistance.

My happiness is served
a pendulous heart,
a palm’s purple flower,
an abundant, sanguine trust.
I offer it
to eager natives,
cultured pilgrims,
blood warm strangers,
lost tribes and proud collectors,
busy courtesans of dust.

This is the product of your absence,
honey of my thorn bush wanderings,
aromatic eucalyptus
of impatient chisel cuts.
Lick the enamel of my madness
hero twins of searing heartache
sister moons of hardened sugar
fever dreams of future rust.

I ask Wisdom
to find my creek bed,
to stir the loam
and plant her seed there
to balance between the datura,
the daisies,
and the dahlias.
I befriend
the climbing absence
and watch the slow advance of winter
from the feathered edge of fall.
I draw the cycle of the serpent
learning much, but knowing nothing
finding peace in sunlit moments
that lay bare the temple wall.

A native of the American Southwest, Santoscoy-McKillip’s works are deeply rooted in the geography and environment of the region. In this new body of work, he employs a cypher of color and texture. By playing upon the intentionally ambiguous physicality of his sculptures and paintings, he creates intriguing topographies, themselves metaphors for the layers of experience composing our identities.



from November 06, 2015 to December 06, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-11-06 from 19:00 to 22:00

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