Andrea Mastrovito. The Disparates
27 Aug 2015 – 26 Sep 2015
- 515 West 26th Street
- New York
- United States
RYAN LEE is pleased to present The Disparates, an ambitious installation project created expressly for RLWindow by Andrea Mastrovito.
Over the course of four weeks, Mastrovito will stage a series of “nonsense” actions by characters that he has created with cutout life-size photocopies and animated by several industrial fans. Each day a new character emerges, resulting in more than 20 separate installations.
Inspired by Francisco Goya’s Los Proverbios etching portfolio, a series of 80 works decrying 18th-century Spanish society, The Disparates are simple, bizarre images that examine contemporary life through allegorical scenes. From a Palestinian boy endlessly twirling his sling against the moon to a lion tamer tirelessly whipping a dead lion skin, these characters are brought to life by industrial fans as a funny and cruel commentary on the state of our times in regards to human, social, and political conditions.
Mastrovito employs a practice that reinvents painting, drawing, and collage as well as their structural supports to consider the cycle of life. A continuous dialogue occurs through the unraveling of his work from the studio to public spaces in an open confrontation with communities.