Static Nature • Soler Santos

Aug 10 to Aug 27, 2012 • Upstairs Gallery

Static Nature is a quiet homage to the stillness of the earth. The show collates 37 paintings by Soler Santos in oil on canvas as well as mixed media works, all centering on the images of fallen and broken branches.

Most of Santos’ small paintings for this show represent dead stems and twigs laid to rest on the barest and starkest of backgrounds, casting their shadows on white space. He also incorporates mixed media works to literally frame the dual way of seeing these fallen objects: either through their images taken and presented twice over or the preservation of their actual physical remains. Four larger works seek connections between geometry and ecology: innate beauty and order underlying these simplest and mundane of sights.

Static Nature presents an interesting counterpoint to the recent and massive deluge befalling the metropolis, where the aftermath of the tempest has left the landscape flooded with debris, carcasses, and filth. In contrast, the images in this collection convey stillness and repose: sober moments of recollection and reflection during this time of uncertain flux and change. Standing alone in space, Soler’s images remain as solitary forms with their own respective stories to tell.

Artworks from the Show

Static Nature 1

Static Nature 1, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 2

Static Nature 2, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 3

Static Nature 3, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 4

Static Nature 4, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 5

Static Nature 5, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 6

Static Nature 6, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 7

Static Nature 7, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 8

Static Nature 8, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 9

Static Nature 9, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 10

Static Nature 10, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 11

Static Nature 11, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 12

Static Nature 12, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 13

Static Nature 13, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 14

Static Nature 14, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 15

Static Nature 15, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 16

Static Nature 16, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 17

Static Nature 17, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 18

Static Nature 18, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 19

Static Nature 19, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 20

Static Nature 20, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 21

Static Nature 21, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 22

Static Nature 22, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 23

Static Nature 23, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 24

Static Nature 24, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 25

Static Nature 25, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 26

Static Nature 26, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 27

Static Nature 27, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 28

Static Nature 28, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 29

Static Nature 29, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 30

Static Nature 30, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 8×8 in

Static Nature 31

Static Nature 31, Soler Santos, 2012, Mixed media, 12×12 in

Static Nature 32

Static Nature 32, Soler Santos, 2012, Mixed media, 12×12 in

Static Nature 33

Static Nature 33, Soler Santos, 2012, Mixed media, 12×12 in

Static Nature 34

Static Nature 34, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 36×36 in

Static Nature 35

Static Nature 35, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 36×36 in

Static Nature 36

Static Nature 36, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 36×36 in

Static Nature

Static Nature, Soler Santos, 2012, Oil on canvas, 60×96 in