Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition by the painter, Fernando Leal Audirac. The forthcoming show, the artist's third solo with the gallery, opens on Thursday, December 2nd, and will be comprised of twenty-seven drawings.
In his essay for the catalogue which accompanied Mr Leal Audirac's October / November 2000 exhibition with the gallery, the New York-based critic, Gerard Haggerty, wrote that the artist's work "explores the nebulous…territory between minimalism and surrealism - an austere realm where the border between figuration and abstraction is enticingly vague".
The artist was born in Mexico City in 1958 into a family of painters. His father was one of the founders of the mural painting movement in Mexico in the 1920s. Perhaps due importantly to this lineage and inspiration, the artist's work has a narrative aspect, albeit a subtle and frequently oblique one - dealing as it does with the human condition.
The works on paper which will compose the exhibition were selected from a suite titled Line and time (Linea e tempo), dated 1996 – 2000, and from a group completed during 2004. The working materials involve varying combinations of ink, watercolor, charcoal, and pastel.
Mr Leal Audirac has lived and worked in Milan since 1993. Since 1986, his work has been seen in one-person and group exhibitions in Mexico, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Rumania, and the U.S., including one-person exhibitions at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City (1993) and the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico City (2002). A book documenting his work from 1994 to 2002 was published in Italy by Silvana Editoriale - titled La stagione che rimane. It is being formally presented in the United States by Rizzoli, New York on December 1st, 2004.
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FERNANDO LEAL AUDIRAC
Line and time: works on paper
(Thursday) 2 December 2004 - (Saturday) 8 January 2005
Reception for the artist: Thursday, 2 Dec, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. [Mondays by appointment]