VITAMIN L: The Disruption of Color in Contemporary Landscape proposes to discuss the contemporary variants of one of the most traditional themes in the history of art: the Landscape. Works of different formats and manifestations will be presented, selected intentionally for their range of grays. The minimalist action of avoiding color and highlighting the white, black and intermediate ranges in the representation, is a turning point of desacralizing all the contemplative aura that has historically accompanied the landscape. And, although they still contain that contemplative spirit, these representations end up reversing appearance if they assumed it as a pretext. It is a way to break the limits of such an old concept, and then to break through, disturb and transcend the traditional and hermetic codes.
The term “Vitamin” refers to the studies on the “expanded art fields” that Phaidon Editorial has launched in the last ten years, aimed at the expansion of manifestations such as painting, sculpture, photography, etc., named with their initials, as it happens in medical nomenclature. And because of the nature of this project, focused on the most contemporary landscape postures, we have decided to call this renovation process as “Vitamin L”, referring to the Landscape category.
Pan American Art Projects was established in 2001 with the mission to exhibit and promote established and emerging artists from North, Central and South America, providing a context for dialogue between the various regions. We represent a strong roster of contemporary artists of the Americas and hold a collection of important works from Cuba, Argentina, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Our programming reflects these complementary arenas providing a comprehensive historical context for contemporary tendencies in the visual arts from these regions.
The gallery was born from the personal collection of our owner, Robert Borlenghi, who as a founding member of MOCA Los Angeles made his first trip to Haiti in 1990 and found many great artists that were relatively unknown to collectors in the U.S. He made it his mission to collect and exhibit underrepresented artists from Haiti, Jamaica and later Cuba. This mission then transferred to our gallery when we opened in Dallas in 2001, when we began adding actively represented artists from North and South America.