“Novocaine” A Solo Exhibition By Carly Ivan Garcia 7.17.14
ArtNowNY is pleased to present Novocaine, the first NYC solo show for Carly Ivan Garcia, an internationally-exhibited, California-based painter. Self-proclaimed as a “neo-abstract expressionist,” Garcia is restless to the point of schizophrenia where it concerns composition and approach. Novocaine, an exhibition of 15 vibrant paintings, is the direct manifestation of his love for hyper movement and the beguiling figurative gesture.
There will be an opening reception at ArtNowNY (548 W. 28th Street) on July 17th opening 6 pm to 9 pm, and the show runs from July 17th through August 2nd.
Acceleration engulfs the waking world, and attempts to overcome and cope with the “everyday grind” often leave one weary, listless or numb. Garcia’s paintings both embrace and retaliate against this cycle, which is perpetuated by a society that only knows one speed: go. Drawing on the distracted energy of ADHD and influences that range from DeKooning to Gorky to Guston, it’s evident that Garcia’s fascinations lie in capitalizing on chaos as the driving force of his process as well as the focus of the final product. Coincidentally, many of the paintings exhibited were created in the aftermath and recovery from a traumatic head Strangeled Attack Garcia sustained while in Los Angeles, an event oddly representative of the frenzy his work seeks to capture and convey.
Working with oil on canvas, Garcia’s pieces evoke a sense of nomadism in addition to endless disarray, with wild color palettes that are as striking as they are fleeting. The perplexity of transition and its fluctuating moods and perceptions course through the ambitious heart of these paintings, instilling an undeniable and all-encompassing bewilderment within the viewer. “Army” utilizes intimidation by way of cutting blood red accents and rigid geometric angles, while “Geishe Floating Cherries” operates with a more mesmerizing ease, featuring a playful rendition of cherries set against a swirling, mysterious figure. “Ice” displays a similar tranquil candor, touting refreshing curves and a deceptively basic color scheme. “Phoenix II” on the other hand is a triumph of Garcia’s more maximal efforts, traversing a dizzying landscape of oscillating shapes and spirited colors that sits atop a background of warm, golden yellow.
Despite their seemingly adversarial nature, Garcia’s evocative, dreamlike images form an unexpected and cohesive whole, united by their ability to simultaneously stimulate and stun. They viewer, left invigorated yet diffused by the spectacle before her, is invited into a dialogue that is comforting, unsettling, and impossibly in flux. While Garcia offers no concrete answers, Novocaine re-imagines the questions of modern life as never before, spinning them in new, seductive light.
548 West 28th Street,
New York, New York