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ON THE ANT TRAIL EXHIBITION AT THE RED GALLERY 16/07/2015 TO 1/08/2015


  • RED GALLERY 1-3 Rivington Street London, England, EC2A 3DT United Kingdom (map)

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 19:00 to Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 17:00

This exhibition presents the work of the Venezuelan-born artist Carlos David. Currently living and working in Paris and London, Carlos David has exhibited internationally for over twenty years, producing political paintings which borrow from the language of graphic novels, Ladybird books, and popular culture. Referencing philosophy and black humor they are a sardonic blend of political commentary with a faux-animated film noir.

On the Ant Trail, Carlos David presents paintings made in response to the exhibition "Conversations with Al Zeihmer" ( Husk gallery London December 2014 ) which dealt with his father, Carlos Diaz-Sosa, during the latter stages of his on-set of Alzheimer.

As a journalist, Diaz-Sosa knew and interviewed key figures such asPicasso, Jean Cocteau, Dali, Albert Camus, La Pasionaria, Garcia Marquez, Neruda, Cortazar, Salvador Allende, Astor Piazzolla. Diaz-Sosa'saccolades in themselves read like a lost 'art' novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, having been comisario to the Venezuelan Pavillion at the Venice Biennale on three occasions and traveled to China to meet Chairman Mao to working as the war correspondent during the Falklands/ Malvinas war.

The paintings in this exhibition are inseparable documents/ references to the man, to these, there, years. Presenting clues - sometimes encrypted, and at other times more apparent – of opinions and events which molded Carlos David's life, first as a displaced child living in postwar Europe through ‘glitter guided’ Britain and the Thatcher/Punk years to the 11th September and the Irak war viewed through the tinted glass of pop trash.

The title On the Ant Trail is a reference to the book Tranvia de Hormigas  1962 Editorial Arte written by the same person who inspired these works.

This exhibition presents the work of the Venezuelan-born artist Carlos David. Currently living and working in Paris and London, Carlos David has exhibited internationally for over twenty years, producing political paintings which borrow from the language of graphic novels, Ladybird books, and popular culture. Referencing philosophy and black humor they are a sardonic blend of political commentary with a faux-animated film noir.

On the Ant Trail, Carlos David presents paintings made in response to the exhibition "Conversations with Al Zeihmer" ( Husk gallery London December 2014 ) which dealt with his father, Carlos Diaz-Sosa, during the latter stages of his on-set of Alzheimer.

As a journalist, Diaz-Sosa knew and interviewed key figures such asPicasso, Jean Cocteau, Dali, Albert Camus, La Pasionaria, Garcia Marquez, Neruda, Cortazar, Salvador Allende, Astor Piazzolla. Diaz-Sosa'saccolades in themselves read like a lost 'art' novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, having been comisario to the Venezuelan Pavillion at the Venice Biennale on three occasions and traveled to China to meet Chairman Mao to working as the war correspondent during the Falklands/ Malvinas war.

The paintings in this exhibition are inseparable documents/ references to the man, to these, there, years. Presenting clues - sometimes encrypted, and at other times more apparent – of opinions and events which molded Carlos David's life, first as a displaced child living in postwar Europe through ‘glitter guided’ Britain and the Thatcher/Punk years to the 11th September and the Irak war viewed through the tinted glass of pop trash.

The title On the Ant Trail is a reference to the book Tranvia de Hormigas  1962 Editorial Arte written by the same person who inspired these works.

Exhibition open to the public from Friday the 17th of July until  the 1st of Aug

Opening hours are 12 noon to 6 pm

Free Entry – Red Gallery 1-3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DT