TRANSFORMATION MIKE DARGAS
January 12 – February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: January 12: 6-8pm
C24 Gallery is proud to present Transformation, the first solo exhibition in the United States by German artist Mike Dargas. On view will be a new body of large scale, oil on canvas paintings produced in the artist’s signature style of realism. Transformation will be on view January 12 – February 25, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, January 12 from 6pm- 8pm.
In Transformation, Mike Dargas explores the process of change – a fundamental and inevitable circumstance of life. Having gone through recent major changes in his own life, the artist examines the moment of personal transformation: the struggle, the hope, and the fear. Dargas aims to visually capture a feeling that is difficult to explain, but universally felt.
This exhibition presents oversized, hyper-realistic portraits of people that challenge the viewer to consider the artist’s rigorous technique. Upon first glance, Dargas’ masterly use of color shading and blending, rich with nuances, sharpen the view of the picturesque leaving the impression of a photograph– a moment captured in time. A closer observation confirms the large scale painting of portraits established by macroscopically precise details. Each individual portrait manages to convey intimate, implied surreal atmospheres fusing the relationship between art, imagination, and reality. The visually exciting paintings reflect the emotional and dramatic life of the painter, and therefore the subject, at various points in time.