MANUEL PARDO, WATERCOLORS
OPENING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21
Rose Burlingham Contemporary Watercolor
is pleased to present the first
Manuel Pardo’s watercolors. Pardo invents a new style and new
each body of work. He learned the traditions of watercolor painting
in high school
and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. He later wiped the slate
clean and began
to simply draw and color in.
of the hand, in the act of drawing- is the basis of all his work;
Technicolor, Metaplasmic paintings or Stardust drawings. Watercolor
primary and as the artist says “substantial” medium for Pardo, one he
executes in the
same way as any other.
for materials is only the starting point. Recent watercolors contain
powdered pigments, forgotten substances like cuchinilla, alizarin
red, Erie pink, eosine, from a cache found at the flea market.
The rare golden
toned colors recall those used in the 1930’s by Diego Rivera,
Kahlo, and Thomas Hart Benton. With the application of the pigments
deckled edged paper custom made in Mexico City—he performs a kind of
Pardo uses a
system of repetition, rendering his signature images over and over;
each urn, each shoe or handbag becomes a transcendent portrait.
The results are
always surprising, always new. As ever, impossible to classify.