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Cinematic Impressions

Artist: Reynier Llanes

Artist: Reynier Llanes

Opens: April 5th | 6:00pm

Closes: April 25th | 5:00pm

SBDAC’s Grand Atrium

Entry: Donations

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Reynier Llanes is a Cuban-American artist devoted to painting and exploring different techniques. Llanes shows a passion for exploring the intricacies of brushes, textures, and build-up on a variety of surfaces. He is a master in watercolor and oil and applies the media on canvas and paper. His immense talent as a realist painter can be appreciated in larger formats as well as small-scale pieces, the latter were selected for this exhibition.

When Cinematic Impressions is viewed with a curious eye, the pieces create the illusion of movement like the stills from an unknown film. His inspiration comes from the science of how early film cameras used twenty-four frames to compose one minute of a scene. This resemblance is explored in the layout of the small-scale paintings in this show. Each of the stills contains the essence of movement, but only when combined with the other frames will the viewer see the segments flow.

Another prominent statement of the paintings is a personal intake of his Cuban heritage through his use of coffee on paper. The espresso is prepared with the same ratio of ingredients and care his mother used to make for him. The combination is then diluted in water and utilized as ink. The gouaches in the exhibit are studies from his larger paintings. The concentrated colors and the summary of resources are the essence of a broader project. Like the stills from a movie, they provide a glimpse of the movement, a single moment in a larger narrative. In Cinematic Impressions, the paintings are accompanied by still projections, film, and more. They are visual explorations of the idea of the image as a particle in this universe.

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