From February 8 to March 28, 2014, L&L ARTS presents ANANDA a solo exhibition of Pablo Guarderas at Melet Mercantile Studio, NYC. ANANDA will feature a new series of photographs and installation art.
"Having lost his soul, modern man is in search for a substitute. Neither a careful cultivation of his physical tastes, nor an assiduous nurture of his mental abilities will be of any avail if the spirit in him is stifled and starved. Salvage of the soul is what must be accomplished if the future of man is to be made secure." Mahavatar Babaji
ANANDA presents a new body of photographic works by Pablo Guarderas alongside a retrospect of works drawn from his search of bliss and completeness. Starting and ending with the notions of eternal search for truth and the re-making of one’s self, Pablo Guarderas work questions the ideas of impermanence and awareness through self realization.
"Ananda - 'bliss' in Pali, Sanskrit – is the show I have been wanting to do all my life because it fully integrates the inspiration, the search, the tools and the processes which lie under the surface of the finalized work. A finished work often has a meaning of its own, distinct yet valid, from the originally intended one. In Ananda, I am able to present my work as a journey, highlighting the depth of the artistic search, and emphasize my belief and dedication to a holistic life approach.”
Since his early exhibitions, Guarderas has been juxtaposing and contrasting aesthetic languages that shatter the surface of matter, drawing the viewer inward towards an alternative spiritual reality. In the four large scale works featured in Ananda (photograms, analog photographic and mixed media works), the individual panes coalesce into a window offering a view of bodies in motion, the many facets of a universal truth projecting on our own inner landscape. Guarderas' beautifully stylized and vividly constructed images of female bodies question relations and boundaries between body and space, performance and photography, soul and consciousness.
Pablo Guaderas will be working in residence for the duration of the exhibition, sharing not only his inspiration but the process of his work.
Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1964, Pablo Guarderas lives and work in New-York. He exhibited across America and Europe, and recently at the Biennial Cuenca, Ecuador and the Whitechappel Gallery, London. Pablo Guarderas work is featured in the following public collections: Victoria & Albert Museum, UK ; Citi Bank, UK ; Kodak Collection, UK ; Sisley Paris, France.
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