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Basel's cutting-edge art fair for new and emerging art.
Monday, June 10 –Saturday, June 15, 2013
Dreispitzhalle, Basel, Switzerland
Armando Mariño | Presented 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, USA 532gallery.com
Born in 1968 in Cuba.
Armando Mariño: "Once again, I am playing with the symbolic status of painting and its capacity to, at once, monumentalize and trivialize human drama.”
The ethical dilemma implied by the aestheticization or domestication of a violent event – from the moment it becomes "breaking news" and is then converted into art through painting – constitutes the axis of the recent work of Armando Mariño.
Appropriating images whose authorship and authority become less important (ordinary, everyday) and to which ordinary mortals have instant access via the web or print media, Mariño launches a new kind of neo-historicism. He atomizes the citation, a process made evident through a procedure of pictorial distancing – a distortion of a distortion, we might say – in which the original reference is totally lost. In this sense we can affirm that his images carry the bastard sign since their true lineage is unknown. And yet, the works continue to carry a certain mysterious aura since they have been converted; extracted from their origins and sublimated into art works.
VOLTA is a platform for presenting the vision of contemporary art galleries of global repute whose artists represent new and relevant positions for curators and collectors alike. Conceived to bridge a gap between Basel's pre-existing fairs, VOLTA showcases galleries – whether young or mature – that choose as their mandate to work with the most exciting emerging artists. These galleries must maintain deeply meaningful connections with their artists and follow them throughout their careers.
Encouraged by the response of collectors and curators during the last editions' solo presentations and carefully considered booths, a much stronger emphasis for VOLTA will be placed on single artist presentations or on booth concepts that bring the work of two artists into dialogue with one another, thus giving emphasis to artists by allowing for a greater understanding of different individual practices.
Select galleries exhibit in the airy loft surroundings of Basel's Dreispitzhalle, elevating their respective platforms for an experience mutually beneficial to fair visitors and the galleries alike. Showcasing the highest calibre of art bearing salient contemporary positions within an elegant environment: this is VOLTA's mission.