Farley Aguilar is a self-taught painter born in Nicaragua and now living in Miami. His work mingles psychology, emotion, color, and narrative into dark and sometimes macabre scenes composed as a search for truth in human behavior and society. He bases his compositions on antiquated, found photographs and transforms them into potent statements that comment on our current moment of political unrest and populist anger.
Mr. Aguilar's current work was recently on view at the Lyles & King in New York City in an exhibition titled “Bad Color Book”.
Bad Color Book witnesses the artist's preoccupation with crowds, their capacity to be violent, hateful, and irrational. “I think that deep down I don’t trust people and I certainly don’t trust groups.” Aguilar says “No matter what subject I set out to portray, it ends up having a sense of violence and anxiety within it.”
In the seven large scale paintings comprising Bad Color Book, Farley Aguilar uses anonymous historical images taken during the Great Depression and Weimar Germany as his reference point. The time-consuming, labor-intensive paintings integrate a number of techniques to activate their surfaces. The artist draws with paint straight from the tube, slashes with a brush, and punctuates the surface with stray metal screws or glass.
With oil, oil crayon, and graphite, Mr. Aguilar's jagged, electric line reﬂects the danger and intensity of his subjects. The crossed out eyes, distorted heads and ears and sewed up mouths of Aguilar’s ﬁgures speak to a brutalized and brutal public. But there’s also humor in the twisted, dead-eyed faces of his ﬁgures that harkens back to Goya’s Los caprichos.
In addition to Bad Colr Book at Lyles & King, recent exhibitions by Farley Aguilar include Invisible Country at Spinello Projects, Miami, FL; Temporary Autonomous Zones at Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; and the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL. His work is in the collections of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Brown University, and the Orlando Museum of Art.
Full exhibition details for Bad Color Book are as follows:
What: Farley Aguilar: Bad Color Book
When: January 8 - February 12, 2017
Where: Lyles & King
106 Forsyth Street, New York, NY, 10002
Gallery Website: www.lylesandking.com