“A1-089” – Poly chromed cast resin on MDF 7.5”x10”x1.5”

“A1-089” – Poly chromed cast resin on MDF 7.5”x10”x1.5”

RE gallery presents CHAMP!, capsule  33 works by Ricardo Paniagua made from poly chromed and multi-pigmented cast resin.

“EL-718” – Poly chromed cast resin on MDF 7.5”x10”x1.5”

“EL-718” – Poly chromed cast resin on MDF 7.5”x10”x1.5”

Ricardo Paniagua has been a prolific artist in Dallas for nearly a decade. His vibrantly colored geometric paintings and sculptures are exquisitely precise. Paniagua is self taught and a descendent of four generations of Master tile setters and craftsmen. He has shown in Dallas, try Houston, unhealthy Austin, San Antonio, as well as at the 2011 Texas Biennial.

This new body of work produced exclusively for his first show at RE gallery emerged from his latest resin casting, painting, and molding experiments. Each piece is of similar size and shape, and yet the three dimensional impressions created from reforming the surfaces through hand sculpted foil and vinyl molds, as well as the various layers of pigment, present a rigorous iterative process, making each one invariably unique. This new body of work moves away from his more Cartesian based graphic experiments, and more towards topological and tactile making.

-Wanda Dye, Founding Director of RE gallery + studio

“S7-427” – Multi pigmented cast resin on MDF 7.5”x10”x1.5”

“S7-427” – Multi pigmented cast resin on MDF 7.5”x10”x1.5”

Artist Statement for these New Works

“These works represent a great alchemy in life. They represent transcending normalcy. My newfound process allows me to take life and its everyday scenes and immediately make them interesting / beautiful / different / abstract / counterintuitive / unexpected; furthermore, redefining these notions as frozen facades of seemingly impractical surface terrain. The idea of ‘painting as object’ has been a compelling factor in these works as well. By abstained use of traditional painting materials such as canvas/linen, artists paints, and instead opting with unconventional and industrial resources and applications, I achieve the informal notion of objectivity in a seemingly painterly territory of non-descript materiality.”

-Ricardo Paniagua

Artist Talk Sunday – 01.13.13 – 6-7 pm
Closing Reception Friday – 02.01.13 – 6-9 pm