Materia Prima is the result of a residency made by Elian and Pastel in Miami during june and july. We can see paintings on canvas and a main installation made in collaboration between both artists, that shows a synthesis of different expressions. The exhibition is in Product 81 Gallery from July 12 to August 8. 2311NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33127
MATERIA PRIMA by Pastel and Elian – Argentine-based artists Pastel and Elian explore the true meaning of collaboration by combining their individual aesthetics in Materia Prima. By definition, “materia prima” are raw elements taken from nature that are later transformed into consumer goods.
In the exhibition, Pastel uses symbols to explore and communicate seldom told stories about war and socio-political differences that to this day remain relevant in new geographical areas.
Working with symbols like arrowheads and flore, the piers begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic.
Meanwhile, Elian tells another story: one in which the geometric properties of art and the use of black, white and empty space give new meaning to the background of each piece. Using primary colors, Elian’s analysis of form prompts the viewer to think rather than feel.
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