Mel Rosas: Un Verso sencillo/A Simple verse
March 19 – April 27, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21st, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Davidson Contemporary (724 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor)
New York, February 22, 2013 – Davidson Contemporary is pleased to present Mel Rosas’ Un Verso sencillo/A Simple verse. This marks the artist’s seventh solo show at Davidson Contemporary featuring new paintings which delve deeper into the symbolism and Post-Surrealist imagery that has made Rosas such a successful artist.
Half-Panamanian and half-American, Rosas identity is a split one, wrestling with two cultures and two tongues. He speaks English and often dreams in Spanish. The artist’s travels to Latin America provide inspiration for his art but also inform on his dreams which, in turn, are fodder for the Magic Realist scenes that unfold in his work.
Un Verso sencillo/A Simple verse is a reference to Jose Marti’s collection of poems, Versos sencillos. They were the last poems to be printed before his death and reflect, in some ways, Marti’s own struggle for identity as Cuban fighting for independence against the Spanish at the end of the 19th century. Like Marti, and Cuba as a whole, Rosas’ paintings broach the inseparability of crossed cultures and balance the polarized images of the glorious and the melancholy.
Founded in 2006, Davidson Contemporary is a division of Maxwell Davidson Gallery. Under the direction of Maxwell Davidson IV, Davidson Contemporary presents the work of both emerging and mid-career artists who work in a range of media, from sculpture and works on paper to new media. The gallery’s program is presented at the Maxwell Davidson Gallery space on Fifth Avenue, with the same dedication to providing a professional and scholarly approach to art collecting.