Pedro Barbeito: Paintings, 1996-2018
Feb 8-April 13, 2019
Grossman Gallery, Williams Visual Arts Building
The paintings in this exhibition, made between 1996–2018, reflect Pedro Barbeito’s interest in how technology and scientific innovation have informed art history and visual culture. By merging past and present forms of image making practices and genres he attempts to expand the semiotics of space while reflecting the complexity of contemporary culture. These pieces, selected from five of the different series he has worked on over twenty-two years, present a range of merged themes: sixteenth century landscape painting with video game landscapes; news media images with Golden Age comic books; scientific imagery with Conceptual Art practices; Cubism with digital editing software; Zero Group strategies with imagery and architectures derived from cosmology and particle physics.
Pedro Barbeito is assistant professor of art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI), joining the faculty in fall 2017. Over the past 20 years he has exhibited internationally in fourteen solo exhibitions and participated in over 50 group exhibitions. Solo venues include Lehmann Maupin Gallery in N.Y.C.; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefied, Conn.; Parra Romero Gallery in Madrid; and Galerie Richard in Paris. Barbeito has taught at Cornell University, Purchase College, Queens College, and Yale School of Art from which he received his MFA in 1996.
illus. above: Captain Baghdad, 2012, Pop Violence Series, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, detail