Carlos Quintana: Contemplation as a synthesis of Santería and Buddhism

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Contemplation as a synthesis of Santería and Buddhism

The figures and portraits of Carlos Quintana (Havana, 1966) have in common a self-contained attitude: the distance, emotionless facial expressions and the barely comprehensible gaze, which characterize the figures of Carlos Quintana, testify to a kind of introversion or rather to contemplation. They are focused on something that seems to be outside of the visible or internally. The figures are often depicted against a contrasting colored background and without a concrete environment: whatever is not relevant for the “contemplation” (the title of the exhibition) is consequently left out by the artist. Much of these artworks remain implicitly, “unfinished” and thus develop a peculiar force, as it stimulates thought and imagination – thus animating the audience to continue the process of contemplation initiated by the artist into and for himself.

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Carlos Quintana

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Catalog: CARLOS QUINTANA – Contemplation
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  • opening Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 18:00 - 21:00
  • March 20, 0632 - June 23, 2023
  • 11:00 - 23:00
  • Rämistrasse 31, 8006 Zürich