GONZALO FUENMAYOR / TROPICALYPSE. Save the Date.
Dot Fiftyone Gallery
Gonzalo Fuenmayor / TROPICALYPSE November 28, 2017 – January 15, 2018. SAVE THE DATE Dot Fiftyone Gallery is pleased to announce “Tropicalypse”, an exhibition of new work by Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor. Born in Colombia, a resident of the United States for over 20 years, Fuenmayor’s precise charcoal drawings continually explore themes of cultural hybridity, exoticism and identity politics. In “Tropicalypse” – a playful -yet macabre- word combination of “Tropical” and “Apocalypse”- Fuenmayor presents a challenging new body of work. His recurrent opulent and decadent charcoal drawings have grown dramatically in scale and complexity with two monumental multi-panel charcoal drawings such as “Tropicalypse” and “The Seeds of Decadence.” These massive works portray two seemingly disparate scenarios: While the drawing “Tropicalypse” portrays an imaginary apocalyptic landscape of burning palm trees; a gesture alluding to the palm tree as an archetype of “tropical culture” in America, “The Seeds of Decadence” depicts a lavish and opulent Victorian room with inverted values.”