We invite you to join us this Thursday, November 4th from 6-8 p.m. to meet artist Deladier Almeida. The El Paseo Art Walk takes place at the same time from 5-9pm, so other galleries on the street will be open late.
We will present paintings from the artist’s recent series that examine our cultural obsession with capturing events on digital film in a world where everyone has become a photojournalist. The poignant portraits of groups of people, all armed with their digital tools, reflect our communal impulse as individuals to be part of a momentous event without truly being present to engage in the actual event. The real story in these scenes begins once the artist punctures through that first layer of silliness. He attempts to then find a brief state of limited self consciousness in which the immediate impulse takes hold and the resulting expressions and body language align with their purpose in a rare moment of innocence and liberation.
Side by side with Almeida’s exquisite paintings of meticulously farmed and landscaped agricultural terrain in lush, vibrant colors, we see a thread in the artist’s perspective pointing us towards those intersections where man attempts control or manipulation of his environment. The juxtaposition of these two bodies of work reflect a sense of how we inject our ego into every process, taking away the raw, organic and natural elements in order to create surroundings conducive and convenient to our own desires.