Lines are Capable of Interacting: Chris Byrd and Gamaliel R. Herrera
Friday, January 18 - Friday, February 22, 2019
The paintings of Chris Byrd are inspired by the observation and examination of our built environment and the history of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Surrounded by art books in his North Miami home, Byrd immerses himself in the formal language of painting. He employs a systemized process to constructing compositions, meticulously drafting them out, erasing, then re-drawing the work, all before the start of each painting. In his defined painted language, “ …it becomes apparent how these graphic, straight-ruled lines are capable of interacting, how they can be interwoven, and may remain as disparate passages or connect and merge together to create larger forms, and is key to understanding how this particular language functions.” This is the visual dialogue that Byrd is enthralled by. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from American University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. The artist lives and works in Miami.
Gamaliel R. Herrera (San Juan, Puerto Rico; 1970) is a self-taught artist, freelance curator, and contemporary art collector whose work employs an interplay of found materials, collage elements, paint pours and stains. He received an education in the humanities, natural sciences and medicine in San Juan and Madrid (B.S. 1992, M.D. 1996), and completed his training as a diagnostic radiologist in New York and Boston (1997-2001). From 2004 to 2008, he founded and directed Space Other, an independent contemporary art project space in Boston. In 2011, he relocated to Miami Beach to pursue the development of his own artistic production. In 2012, he was a juried resident artist at Art Center/South Florida. He currently shares a studio at The Fountainhead Studios in Miami.