Steven Cary at Galería Izamal: Classic but Contemporary
By Henry Vermillion
Steven Cary will present a large showing of his new mixed media paintings at Galería Izamal with a reception for the public on Saturday, July 18, from 6 – 8pm. The gallery is located downtown at Mesones 80, next door to the Ángela Peralta Theater.
Sat, Jul 18, 6-8pm
The works are figurative and innovative, but firmly in the realist tradition. “I greatly admire the masters of realism of the past and I have an equal love of the great innovators of the Modern and Postmodern periods. My personal taste is for contemporary imagery, so my work is an evolving experimentation that combines boldly graphic imagery with elements of realism,” the artist says. Much of his experimentation appears in a wide range of textures and colors, perhaps inspired by his experience as a book publisher in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During his years as a businessman, he found himself more and more drawn to painting. He studied with various artists in Santa Fe, and in 2000 sold his publishing business and made the decision to devote himself full time to painting. In 2004, he re-located to Oaxaca, and in 2007, he came to San Miguel.
The show includes a series of paintings with the mysterious title “Eisenhower Nudes.” Most of the figures are bathed in a warm, tenuous half-light; the others are stripped to a boldly textured outline. Another piece is simply a hat, set against a textured graphic design—a nod to Pop Art. Another piece, titled “Blue Fish” looks for all intents and purposes like a print of a real fish, that has been painted and then pressed onto a canvas with a bold textured surface.
“A painting needs to achieve two things to be successful,” Cary says. “It should arrest the viewer’s attention with the power of the image, and then transport the viewer to a place outside his or her ordinary experience, be it an emotional, aesthetic, intellectual, or other realm.” His paintings do that.
Galería Izamal is the flagship cooperative gallery in San Miguel; it was founded in 1992. Works by other artist and jeweler members, Maria Bracho, Mary Jo Dolle, Juan Ezcurdia, Roberto López Fuentevilla, Javier Garcia, Cat Grall, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist, will also be displayed.