Photo Feature: Curiot, “Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights” at FFDG

by Admin on 03/30/2015

Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights now on view at FFDG includes an all-new series of colorful and vibrant acrylic paintings by Mexico City-based artist Favio Martinez, perhaps better known as Curiot. The artist’s second show at FFDG is in many ways a continuing chapter a convoluted narrative that reveals a surreal world of the artist’s own inspired creation. In this solo show audiences are invited along the visceral journey of one particular creature, whose curiosity and subsequent search for the source of the raining souls takes him through a reality-bending vortex to an at once familiar and unfamiliar land.

Featuring mythical half-human figures and fantastical environments, Curiot’s paintings are strongly inspired by and allude to Mesoamerican and Mexican visual cultures and traditions, while their detailed, geometric abstraction and bright colors are perhaps also reminiscent of Art Deco and Cubist designs of early Modernism. Curiot is also a prolific muralist. To complement this exhibition he is painting a large-scale, three-story mural on the external walls of Hotel des Arts in the French Quarter of downtown San Francisco.

Curiot explores the natural order of things versus urban systems of progress and expansion by prodigious juxtaposition of them in allegorical tales. The artist’s practice also seems to respond to universal contemporary concerns: the seemingly endless pervasion of technology into everyday lives, and many pertinent social and environmental issues. His body of work, and the narrative it suggests, can also be read to relate with deeply personal, introspective ideas. In periods of great transition, only a small portion of the future can be known. Faith must be placed in that which is unknown to pursue of a greater awareness of the world and one’s place within it.

 

Curiot, “Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights” will be at FFDG, 2277 Mission St. through April 18th.