“Yeah, no” is Brandon Opalka’s first solo exhibition with &gallery and his first exhibition back in Miami after two years of travels through Central America and a cross-country road trip to Northern California.
Drawing from nature, past works, and the experiences he had on his journey, Opalka’s work in “Yeah, no” deliberately negates the painting practice by having fine art be torn, painted over,
deconstructed, and repurposed.
The stencil work began in Northern California on the Mendocino Coast, where flora and fauna grows wild and abounds year round. Coming back to the tropics, Opalka adapted this practice with the simple but beautiful silhouette made by the palm leaf. Taking a cue from artist LucianoFontana, the torn pieces are gestures of anger and frustration at having left California. In other works, Opalka uses poster images of rock legends, disruptors in their time, to make a statement about the artists’ identity.
Deconstructing the images and then repositioning them over stenciled backgrounds, with pieces of torn canvas and wax for texture, Opalka questions the role of the artist in the cultural and political climate we live in today.
Is there an answer? Yeah, no.
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