Manuel Solano - The Top of Each Ripple
The Top of Each Ripple will mark Berlin-based Mexican artist Manuel Solano's first solo exhibition in a UK institution.
Solano's work focuses on ideas of identity, often considering what constitutes the development of personal attributes, emotions and feelings over the course of a life.
Solano has been making work across different media for many years, but their practice transformed completely in 2014 when they lost their eyesight due to a HIV-related illness. Since this time, they have reimagined their practice and built up an extraordinary body of work across different media including painting, sculpture and film, often using their own memories of the visual world as a foundation to step off from.
In their painting work, Solano often works with a team of studio assistants to create tactile mapping techniques which allows them to apply layers of acrylic directly onto canvas with their fingertips. It is through these collaborative and careful processes that Solano crafts the images that they wish to portray in their practice. The resulting artworks are arresting depictions of themselves, loved ones, musicians, actors and celebrities, as well as architectural exteriors, domestic interiors and still lives.
Much of their work recalls and celebrates childhood and adolescent moments impacted by formative influences like family, friendships, cinema, television and pop music.
This exhibition will offer audiences a glimpse into different bodies of work that Solano has developed since 2014, focusing in a broad sense on an expanded idea of portraiture as a form of artistic expression that has driven the artist's practice to date and continues to inform much of their newest work.
Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm (7pm on Thursday).
Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.
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Dundee Contemporary Arts
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