3rd - 25th May 2019
Drawing from his Cuban roots, Armando Mariño’s work is influenced by periods of time living in Cuba, the Netherlands, France and New York’s Hudson Valley, and his experience of dislocation and popular culture.
The places and people embedded within the works are suffused with social and political significance. Using imagery taken from his own photographs as well as external sources, the artist’s works connect to one of the most pressing issues of our world today.
The title is derived from the ‘dark forest’ in Dante’s Inferno, which serves as a metaphor for the protagonist’s ‘spiritual, physical, psychological, moral and political’ disorientation through his ‘bewildering period of adolescence’. The figures in Mariño’s work similarly are situated within both physical and metaphorical darkness, the landscapes often alluding to forestry and nature. The ideological context in which the figures find themselves can also be seen as ‘disorientating’, and reflects the US’s current political mood.
Armando Mariño was born in Cuba and now lives and works in New York. He studied art in Havana and Santiago de Cuba in the 1980s and 1990s, and at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam between 2004 and 2005. He has since exhibited his paintings all over the world including solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Ontario, Copenhagen, Madrid and Miami.
Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 6 pm
Sundays 12 - 4 pm