Storm Storm
A two person exhibition with Nick Etre and Victor Payares
April 13–18, 2014

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. By doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning; you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to all things.

Nick Etre was born in Albuquerque, NM and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from New York University with a focus in painting, video, and installation. He explores interconnectivity, contagious behavior, perception, and metaphysical oneness. Etre challenges the romantic mythology of the artist by creating mixed-media compositions that combine the handmade with manufactured and found objects to examine the value of originality versus facsimile. Etre’s studio practice is dependent on chance, fortuity, and failure. The ability to highlight and recognize these serendipitous moments becomes his strong suit. He investigates repetitive behavior trends throughout history as a means of revealing internal and external truth, a truth unbound by time. What his paintings often communicate is immediacy, speaking directly to the viewer and forcing interaction. The paintings forgo formal representation and traditional technique in order to explore abstraction and composition as a tool to reveal narrative. Through the deconstruction of images, he builds a conversation that pushes us past both logic and reason, to a state of elevated emotional feeling. He has shown with the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Violet’s Cafe, and the St. Patrick Old Cathedral School in New York, Scharinska Villan in Umea, Sweden, and Halfspace Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

Victor Payares was born in Havana, Cuba in 1985 and currently lives and works in London, UK. He holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the Miami International University of Art & Design, and is currently working towards his Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. Selected group exhibitions include TRESPASS at Pandemic Gallery, HOW DID I GET HERE, curated by Angelo Lanza, and The Beijing International Art Bienniale at The National Art Museum of China. Solo exhibitions include UNREAL ESTATE at Vita Rosen in Gothenburg, Sweden.