Ghost Gallery is pleased to present Best Friends for Never, an exhibition of ceramics, paintings, and sculptures by Roberto Márquez, Fernando Pintado, and Jonathan Torres. Through their work, the artists explore humor, memory, and chaos. Marquez challenges the viewer’s expectations of ceramics—their dimensionality, texture, and presentation—by co-opting the idiosyncrasies of painting; he uses subversive tactics such as material transformation to expand on the idea of humor within his self-supporting works. Pintado juxtaposes his own nostalgia and memory to demonstrate the tension of lived experience. His collaged paintings incorporate text and poetry and involve elements of music, theatre and printmaking, which prompts viewers to wonder whether they miss what they remember or misremember what they miss. Torres investigates notions of haunting and hazy memory, darkness, and misery through his chaotic self-portraits; he allows just enough space between the abject and abstract for viewers to see themselves in his paintings and sculptures. The three artists question the translation of concepts among media and the illusion of the surface and its content by demonstrating the conflict between our assumptions and reality through their artistic practices. - Natalia Viera Salgado
Curated by: Natalia Viera Salgado
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Roberto Marquez (b. 1982, San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Tampa, FL. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Parallelogram, Tampa, FL. (2017); ZawarhaAlejandro Gallery, San Juan, PR. (2017); La Productora, San Juan, PR. Notable group exhibitions include Portspace Gallery, Tampa, FL. (2017); The National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and Culture, Chicago, IL (2016); Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL. (2016); Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL. (2015); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. (2015); Sarasota Art Museum, Sarasota, FL.
Fernando Pintado (b. 1982, San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in the Bronx, NY. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at La Productora, San Juan, PR (2015); Chemi Room, San Juan, PR (2012); Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR (2011); and Galería Comercial, San Juan, PR (2007, 2006). Notable group exhibitions include Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017); Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2012); Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011); Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2010); . Pintado has been a recipient of a residency at Vermont Studio Center (2015); the Charles G. Shaw Award Saul Lyons Memorial Scholarship, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY (2013); and the Arnaldo Roche Foundation Award for Painting, San Juan, PR (2002). His work is in notable collections, including the Peggy Cooper Cafritz Collection, Washington, D.C.; Donald Baechler Collection, New York, NY; and César & Mima Reyes Collection, San Juan, PR.
Jonathan Torres (b. 1983, San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo
exhibitions have been presented at Roberto Paradise, San Juan, PR (2014, 2013, 2011); and Area lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, PR (2009). Notable group exhibitions include Andrew Edlin, New York, NY (2017); Park Place Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017); The National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and Culture, Chicago, IL (2016); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo MAC, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2014); Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK (2012) and Museo de Arte Contempóraneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013). He was a nominee for the Alice C Cole Fellowship (2016); selected for the Biennial Mercosul, Brazil, awarded best solo exhibition from Premios AICA, Puerto Rico (2015); and was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center (2014).