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Raul J. Mendez
updated: 03/30/2013
website: www.rauljmendez.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Eschatometacosmopolisapiensis 8 (the myth of chaos & order)
the plan
vexingly placeless
the fear
FROM HUNTED INTO HUNTER
Portal One, Hungry Ghosts Two
this is nowhere (hungry ghosts)
This is Nowhere (2)
the good times are killing us
The Horror (1 of 7 in series)
I'm Not There
This Happened
Eschatometacosmopolisapiensis 9 (draft of a landscape)
There is Hope, But Not For Us
eschatometacosmopolisapiensis#13 (the night watchers)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative, conceptual, social criticism, figurative, documentary, language, landscape, books, historical, humor
 
 
Eschatometacosmopolisapiensis 8 (the myth of chaos & order) by Raul J. Mendez
Eschatometacosmopolisapiensis 8 (the myth of chaos & order)
oil on canvas
2011
36" x  36" 
the plan by Raul J. Mendez
the plan
mixed media on paper
2006
16" x  14" 
vexingly placeless by Raul J. Mendez
vexingly placeless
graphite and oil on paper
2007
28" x  25" 
the fear by Raul J. Mendez
the fear
graphite on paper on panel
2005
48" x  48"  x 3" 
FROM HUNTED INTO HUNTER by Raul J. Mendez
FROM HUNTED INTO HUNTER
oil on canvas diptych
2005
40" x  60"  x 2" 
Portal One, Hungry Ghosts Two by Raul J. Mendez
Portal One, Hungry Ghosts Two
Oil on Canvas
2008
Dimensions variable
this is nowhere (hungry ghosts) by Raul J. Mendez
this is nowhere (hungry ghosts)
oil on canvas
2007
Dimensions variable
This is Nowhere (2) by Raul J. Mendez
This is Nowhere (2)
oil on canvas
2008
Dimensions variable
the good times are killing us by Raul J. Mendez
the good times are killing us
watercolor on paper
2008
8" x  12" 
The Horror (1 of 7 in series) by Raul J. Mendez
The Horror (1 of 7 in series)
watercolor on paper
2009
020" x  16" 
I'm Not There by Raul J. Mendez
I'm Not There
Oil on Canvas
2008
9" x  12" 
This Happened by Raul J. Mendez
This Happened
Oil on Canvas
2007
36" x  48" 
Eschatometacosmopolisapiensis 9 (draft of a landscape) by Raul J. Mendez
Eschatometacosmopolisapiensis 9 (draft of a landscape)
oil on canvas
2011
36" x  60" 
There is Hope, But Not For Us by Raul J. Mendez
There is Hope, But Not For Us
mixed on panel on canvas
2010
30" x  40" 
eschatometacosmopolisapiensis#13 (the night watchers) by Raul J. Mendez
eschatometacosmopolisapiensis#13 (the night watchers)
mixed media on panel
2012
36" x  36" 

Artist Statement

I am primarily a painter and draftsman, but in the past few years I have begun delving more thoroughly into installation, video work, and a synthesis of these multi-media. The images submitted in this application only represent the painting/drawing aspects of my work, though all are integral to one another. Painting and drawing are an extension of my thinking and quasi-veritable storytelling, a conceptual exercise in making ideas visible, a way of bringing ideas to life as visual fiction.

My work reads as a reconciliation of opposites between the private and the public. In other words, it is a codified puzzle of images that continues to grow and develop, drawing from my personal experience as well as from the public domain. There is a distinct conversation taking place with the works of other artists from history and the present, with authors from the world of literature, film, music, philosophy, as well as with current geo-sociopolitical events. This I weave into stories, parables, mythic cautionary tales of sorts, making use of fragmented narratives that often provide a viewer the before and/or after of a story without ever fully revealing what actually took place. I give a viewer the task of navigating an elusive place where the complexities of interpersonal relationships, our human conditions, are placed as if on a stage and open to interpretation. This allows me to point a finger at viewers, or, rather, for viewers to turn the narratives on themselves, their motives and preconceptions.

 

My painted work is evolving into larger scale suites, where dozens of smaller images make up a larger whole. Cinematic in its scope, this strategy allows me to experiment with non-linear narratives. Each small piece becomes a single word or phrase within a larger poem or book. Stories unfold, characters develop, things happen, as they do in works of literary fiction.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Raul J. Mendez Education1997     BFA Painting and Drawing, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Selected Solo Exhibitions 2012 SUM Gallery, Portland, OR 2010 The Society for the Preservation of Lost Things & Missing Time presents:  FLORIDA ARCANE, Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, FL 2009 This is Nowhere, Art&Culture Center of Hollywood, FL 2008 (NEGATIVESPACE), 2020 Projects, Miami, FL 2006     A Falling Sky, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL2005     Minor Transgressions, Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FLThe Failure of Knowing, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL2004 Fictions, Pacific Switchboard Gallery, Portland, OR  Selected Group Exhibitions  2012 DayJob, PNCA & Albright College (via The Drawing Center)     2011 South Florida Biennial, Hollywood, FL 59th All Florida Juried Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art 2010  New Work Miami 2010:Video, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLSelections (“Day Job”), The Drawing Center, NY, 2007     SCOPE BASEL, Basel, SwitzerlandBalelatina, Basel, SwitzerlandSCOPE NY, Ambrosino Gallery, New York, NY Hollywood Art & Culture Center Biennial, Hollywood FL Recent Paintings,2020, Miami FL2006 Recent Drawings, 2020, Miami, FL ArteAmericas, Miami, FL RxArt Ball, Curated by Susan Delehanty, New York, NY PULSE Art Fair, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL2005     MANIFESTO(one), Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL International Kids Fund Invitational Auction, Miami Art Central,Miami, FL ArtBasel Miami Beach, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami Beach, FL 2004 Picante, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA