University of Miami, Miami, FL
May 10-23, 2014
The University of Miami Gallery presents Amalgam, the MFA thesis exhibition of Eddy A. López, an artist whose work clashes the past and present together by running computer algorithms that create heavily layered amalgamations of historical, mythological, political, and religious imagery, which in turn are printed by the artist using old and new print technologies. In Amalgam, on view from May 6 to May 23, 2014, López composites big data, the Internet and 500-year-old printmaking techniques, from intaglio to serigraphy, digital to mixed media, in small to large scale prints. These visually rich compositions try to find beauty in a chaotic world by layering together references of war with the plush flesh tones of a Rubensian nude, YouTube video stills with the warm colors of a Brueghel landscape, and sweat shop images with the abstractions of a Pollock drip painting. In these odd juxtapositions, López finds the intricacies of what it means to be a contemporary artist: in the age of big data, social networks, Photoshop, and the 24-hour news cycle, the burin, brush, ink, paint and pixel make the most sense.
- Milly Cardoso, Gallery Director