April 26–June 9, 2013
Eduardo Sarabia’s Tainted features a series of paintings of everyday images covered with daubs of colored paint. The images, which appear to be family snapshots, often show people in the sunshine, near the water, looking as if they might be smiling for the camera. However, it is impossible to tell for certain because the faces are obscured with swirls of paint. Interestingly, the clouds of paint covering the images somehow manage to be obstructive without being discordant. The color palette of the splotches matches that of the photos it obscures. They are paintings on paintings–illustrating the duality of reality and illusion–as relevant to life as it is to art.
Eduardo Sarabia was born in Los Angeles in 1976. He lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Curated by Adam Lerner, Tainted will be presented in the Laura and David Merage Foundation Photography Gallery from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, June 9, 2013. The public reception will be Saturday, May 4 from 10AM–7PM coinciding with the museum’s monthly Penny Saturday event, when admission to the museum is just 1¢.
Eduardo Sarabia: Tainted is presented in conjunction with the Huevos Revueltos program series, which will be presented Friday, May 16, 23 & 30 at MCA Denver. Huevos Revueltos is curated by Eduardo Sarabia and features artists, writers and others discussing the contemporary art, politics and culture of Mexico.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the MCA Denver Director's Vision Society and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
Image credit: Eduardo Sarabia. Happy, 2011. Oil on canvas. 56 x 78 2/5 inches. Courtesy the artist and I-20 Gallery, New York.