Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): As Far as the I Can See
March 27 – May 24, 2015
Opening Reception: March 27, 2015
Artist Talk: Sat., April 18, 2015
Film Screening: May, 7, 2015
In his new, mixed-media exhibition, Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) transforms four first-floor galleries into a site-specific, multi-sensory environment comprised of large-scale paintings, animations, wall murals, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, and archival TV performances. The Broward-based artist explores the construction of belief systems and his own personal journey, a complex intersection of science, mysticism, illusion, anthropological research, visionary ritual practice, and paranormal phenomena, giving tangible form to his visual inquiry between the fantastic and the philosophical.
New Times described Alvarez’s imagery as being “so vibrant that it threatens to dance off the canvas.” The brilliant color palette employed in many of his works invites viewers to contemplate this “dance” in front of them and be transported to a place of non-judgment and acceptance.
As Far as the I Can See is based in part on Alvarez’s long-standing dialogue with James Randi, the renowned challenger of paranormal phenomena, and his own visits to Houston’s NASA Space Flight Center and to Australia’s Parkes Observatory radio telescope. The exhibition is organized to show viewers the progression of the artist’s ideas from sketch drawings to finished objects. Paintings as well as collage works on paper meld shamanistic materials such as feathers, porcupine quills, and crystals, with traditional watercolor, acrylic paint, and handmade papers. Contemplative works – minimal “paintings” – are made of shaved mineral crystal or mica. Video works composed of abstract animations will accompany the collages and paintings, coupling voluptuous swells of colorful shapes with hypnotic sound.
Alvarez has exhibited at the prestigious Whitney Biennial (2002) and The Kitchen (2007) in New York City, the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach (2011), the Kemper Museum in Kansas City (2012) and Art Basel Miami Beach (2008, 2013), among numerous other museums and galleries. He lives in Plantation with his partner and long-time collaborator, James Randi.
Saturday, April 18, 2 pm
A conversation between the artist and Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. 2 pm reception; 2:30 pm talk. Free with gallery admission.
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm
Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
1770 Monroe Street (US-1 and Monroe Street)
Hollywood, Florida, 33020
Screening of An Honest Liar, a documentary film about James “The Amazing” Randi, with James Randi and Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) in attendance. Followed by Q&A with Randi and Jose Alvarez.
$7 for adults; $4 for students, seniors, and children ages 4 to 17 (includes a gallery pass to see the exhibition); and free to Center members and children 3 and under. Doors open at 6 pm.
Image: Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), The Encounter #2, 2014, 43 1/2 × 67 1/2” Acrylic, enamel, ink, colored pencil, feathers, quills, and collage on canvas mounted on dibond. Courtesy the artist and Gavlak Gallery
Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): As Far As the I Can See is funded in part by Funding Arts Broward, Visit Florida, and the Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.