Samurai Dark Chocolate

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I’m happy to announce that my next art show will be at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, Florida.  I hope you can stop by to meet me on the evening of July 21, 2016 at 7:00pm.

nine four Gallery at Arts Garage
94 NE 2nd Ave
(Pineapple Grove)
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Eventbrite link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carlos-aleman-samurai-dark-chocolate-art-opening-reception-tickets-26173432441

Facebook Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1554895304805936/

Cosplay Awards

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‘Cosplay Awards’ © 2016 Carlos Aleman

I woke up this morning with an idea for a final touch, Picasso’s Guernica, the large anti-war painting I once viewed in New York many years ago.  I think the light bulb represents the bombing of the city and the horse symbolizes suffering.  Why would I incorporate this into a work about pop culture?  I think we need the constant reminder that we’re at war, or at least that’s why my subconscious mind waited to tell me upon awakening.  ‘No Face’s’ ghostly presence seems appropriate.

Television feature 4/26/16

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Please tune in Tuesday night, April 26th to see my feature on WPBT Channel 2’s Art Loft. It features my ‘Dark Chocolate Japan’ art exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery. I discuss the concept of Dark Chocolate – the finest of all chocolates – and seeing the best in all that is strange, foreign, unusual and different from us.

Blue Jean

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‘Blue Jean’ © 2016 Carlos Aleman

This portrait of my wife began with an analogous color study (I still remember the title of the assignment from my 1984 design 101).  The undertones consist of neutral gray, white and magenta rendered in a combination of dry brush and water techniques.  Scrapes and pencil scribbles activate the plane with energy and texture.  The high contrast black facial forms take on a stencil quality pioneered by Warhol and still alive and well in the work of street artists.  (In case you were wondering, I don’t always think of my wife in such analytical terms.)