Four artists with unique styles and subject matter will be featured in “Eccentric Visions,” the new exhibition at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in downtown Coral Gables opening May 4, 2018.
“Although at first they appear unrelated, each of these artists takes reality and stretches it into another dimension that reflects their particular visions,” said Virginia Miller, owner and director of greater Miami’s longest-established contemporary fine art gallery. “This show demonstrates how varied that interpretation of reality can be.”
Arless Day, whose collages of architecture, landscapes and interiors look almost familiar and oddly mysterious, transcends their subject matter into what one critic proclaimed “a classical universality.”
Day, who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1951, has exhibited since 1981 in leading museums and galleries in every corner of the U.S. as well as England, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, and is included in more than two dozen prestigious museum and corporate collections.
According to Day, “I like to connect to a beautiful setting that does not really exist, but has a character of its own and in which everyone can feel positive because there is something new and refreshing, but in which there are always some missing elements or little mysteries.“
Unlike Day, whose mosaic-like collages create an overall impression, Renato Meziat, a Brazilian autodidact, paints still lifes and figurative canvases so realistic one can almost reach out and touch their flowers, glassware and models.
“Meziat shares the ability of the best hyperrealists to render ordinary objects in such exquisite detail as to make each so precious that we look at it in a different, more appreciative manner, transcending actuality,” notes Virginia Miller. “His paintings have a magical quality that defy description.”
Inspired by such leading Latin American realists as Claudio Bravo of Chile and Julio Larraz of Cuba, Meziat has participated in exhibitions since 1979 in such leading venues in Brazil and the United States as Hammer Galleries in New York City and Galeria Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro.
City-scapes and interiors by Anders Moseholm, a Danish artist, “create a mood–a sense of motion, an authentic emotional scene,” according to the artist.
“Paintings by Moseholm look and seem familiar, as if we have been there,” notes Virginia Miller. “Somehow he captures such universal qualities in his scenes that we feel we know their locales even though they are fictional.” She describes his canvases as “an emotional trip.”
Moseholm has exhibited internationally since 1997, including solo and group exhibitions in China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. His work is included the such important Danish collections as the Vejle Kunstmuseum, the Skive Kunstmuseum, the Carlsberg Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation, as well as private and corporate collections in China, Europe and the United States.
The magic realism of Mario Segundo Pérez of Argentina is characteristic of a chiefly Latin-American concept in painting, literature and film. Many of his paintings are based on the games, parties and bonfires of his childhood in the arid, desert-like area of western Argentina.
“By incorporating fantastic or mythical elements into an otherwise realistic scenario, Segundo Pérez transports the viewer into an imaginary landscape that seems playful and fun,” Miller notes.
Recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, among other awards and honors, the 58-year-old artist has had solo exhibitions in South America, the United States and Spain along with Berlin and New York.
“Eccentric Visions” will be exhibited at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, in the heart of the Coral Gables business and restaurant district at 169 Madeira Avenue, through July 2018. For gallery hours and other information, call 305-444-4493.