Following The Demon of the Fatally Ingested Revolt of Deviation • Manuel Ocampo

Sep 11 to Oct 5, 2013 • Tall Gallery

This latest one-man exhibit of Manuel Ocampo combines both gestural abstraction and kitsch, using pastiche to create parodies of modernism in the contemporary age. In this set of canvases, Ocampo sets out to “catch up with modernism’s wrong tracks” and its abrupt demise in “tracklessness,” lack of direction.

Ocampo’s paintings make pointed reference to various icons associated with Modernism: the figure of the collector and the artist Jackson Pollock, the concepts of the aura and hegemony. But rather than pay homage, he irreverently positions these images and concepts as part of an unfolding narrative of absurdity. Aiming to conjure an “existential ornamentality that drifts into harmonious disharmonies of the reality-weight in form,” the artist reflects on how one must engage in a demonic complicity and a journey to this zone of twilight in order to capture the soul of everyday reality. He writes:

Today, of course, we are at a different point of perception. Our perception is structured by simulacra of simulacra, imitations of imitations of stereotypes surviving in sensation, and other real unrealities of the imagination. When we open our eyes in the morning, we already find ourselves in a museum of senile modes of observing, in which typologies of understanding have replaced seeing. Thus, anyone who wishes to create a soul today must begin by grappling with the soul of soul-lessness, exposing himself to the risks of deterritorializing the process of thinking and seeing before him.

Artworks from the Show

Avant Garde Swashbuckler

Avant Garde Swashbuckler, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil, acrylic, collage on fablic mounted on wood, 94×77 in

Monument to Jejemon Hegemony

Monument to Jejemon Hegemony, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil, acrylic, collage on fabric mounted on wood, 94×84 in

Viva Coño

Viva Coño, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 72×54 in

The Auratic Condition of the Extra Terrestial Psychotropic Chicken Shit

The Auratic Condition of the Extra Terrestial Psychotropic Chicken Shit, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 45×36 in

Orange Abstraction

Orange Abstraction, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil and acrylic on fabric, 18×11 in

MJO 1928

MJO 1928, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 51×35 in

Fig. c: Martian Document Directed by a Medium Under Hypnosis

Fig. c: Martian Document Directed by a Medium Under Hypnosis, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 22×18 in

Monument to the Massacre of Art by Reality

Monument to the Massacre of Art by Reality, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 75×79 in

The Effeminate Pollock #2

The Effeminate Pollock #2, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 84×60 in

MJO 1928

MJO 1928, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 51×35 in

Ocampo-Duchamp

Ocampo-Duchamp, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 84×60 in

Painting as a By-Product of Abuse

Painting as a By-Product of Abuse, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 64×48 in

Still Life with Crosses

Still Life with Crosses, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 80×56 in

Fig. b: Martian Document Directed by a Medium Under Hypnosis

Fig. b: Martian Document Directed by a Medium Under Hypnosis, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on Fabric, 36×24 in

The Scream of Transcendent Object-Making in the Cranium Arcade of the Ejaculative Constant

The Scream of Transcendent Object-Making in the Cranium Arcade of the Ejaculative Constant, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 84×60 in

The Path to the Stupid Intersects with the Meaningful

The Path to the Stupid Intersects with the Meaningful, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 64×48 in

Ugly Saccharine Vulgarity I

Ugly Saccharine Vulgarity I, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Pastel on paper, 26×20 in

The Mystic

The Mystic, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil, acrylic, collage on fabric mounted on wood, 20×16 in

The Scream of the Collector

The Scream of the Collector, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 75×79 in

Ugly Saccharine Vulgarity III

Ugly Saccharine Vulgarity III, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Pastel on paper, 26×20 in

Ugly Saccharine Vulgarity II

Ugly Saccharine Vulgarity II, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Pastel on paper, 26×20 in

The Effeminate Pollock #1

The Effeminate Pollock #1, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 75×79 in

Yes, Sir! No, Sir! Right Away, Sir!

Yes, Sir! No, Sir! Right Away, Sir!, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 75×79 in

Fig. a: Martian Document Directed by a Medium Under Hypnosis

Fig. a: Martian Document Directed by a Medium Under Hypnosis, Manuel Ocampo, 2013, Oil on canvas, 50×50 in