LA NOCHE OSCURA
Opening Reception June 19th 7-10pm
Show runs June 19th- July 1st
In a time of outsourcing and overseas fabrication, oil painting using early modern techniques can seem like a dubious strategy. However, the precise historicity of the medium allows it to be mined for Benjaminian constellations, as Pete Cullen's work attempts to do. Utilizing a technique practiced by the Spanish Mannerist Sánchez Cotán, Cullen unpacks the origins of the still-life genre and its thematic storehouse. Searching for back passages between the Euclidean revolution and the rise of finance capital amongst the sprawling iconography of the vanitas, the work means to trace the origins of what is now called the male or the colonial gaze in its own primordial medium.
Baltimore-based artist and writer born in 1981