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Omar Chacon’s Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Ensayo Bacan Golden
Ensayo Bacan Golden By Omar Chacon (All Photos By Gail)

While there was not exactly an excess of Hot Art Action going on in Chelsea this past Thursday, I am ecstatic to report that abstract/pop artist Omar Chacon is back at Margaret Thatcher Projects with a fun new collection of works entitled Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos. I had the chance to reconnect with Chacon at the opening reception and can say that he is just as charming and saucy as he was when we met previously at the opening of his second show at Margaret Thatcher, Bacanales Tropicales, which was more than three years ago now. Wow!

Mesalina Tropical Plateada,
Mesalina Tropical Plateada

This show contains pieces that emulate the style of the those paintings found in Bacanales Tropicales, colorful works that  Chacon compares to a social gathering or, on a larger scale, a nation; comprised of a diverse blend of culturally different peoples, living amongst each other with a sense of unity, yet maintaining individuality. To me, these concentric ovals look like layers of many different colored eyeballs.

Mesalina Tropical Plateada Detail 1

Above and Below: Details from Mesalina Tropical Plateada.

Mesalina Tropical Plateada Detail 2

Each oval and drip is prepared separately, off the canvas, and is unique. Chacon then applies and collages each piece onto canvas or paper, building intricate and harmonious compositions.

Omar Chacon Mesalina Dorada

Mesalina Dorada and Detail, Below.

Omar Chacon Mesalina Dorada

Chacon has also added paintings created from many layers of dripped paint. Introducing deeper shades of gold and purple, he draws inspiration from the traditional imperial colors of the Roman monarchies, and he explores the delicacy and power of the monochrome, with works such as RT Mesalina .

RT Mesalina

RT Mesalina and Detail, Below.

RT Mesalina Detail

Rich with subtle movement and variation throughout, these works showcase a fresh layer of complexity. While Bacanales Tropicales referenced the wild and festive spirit of the god Bacchus, the artist continues to draw energy from the history of Greco-Roman excess. The exhibition’s title refers to Valeria Messalina, the third wife of the Emperor Claudius — who was executed after she married her lover while Claudius was out of town. The raucous tales of her exploits, real or exaggerated, fascinate Chacon as they have writers and fine artists throughout the centuries.

Ensayo Espacial

Ensayo Espacial and Detail, Below

Ensayo Espacial

I asked Omar how long it takes him to make one of these paintings, and he said, “About three days.” Crazy.

Omar Chacon and Painting

Here he is posing in front of one of his paintings, which is called Nimaima. This exhibit is up until December, so you have no excuse not to check it out!

Detail of Nimaima
Detail of Nimaima

Omar Chacon’s Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos will be on Exhibit Through December 19th, 2015 at Margaret Thatcher Projects, Located at 539 West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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Omar Chacon’s Bacanales Tropicales at Margaret Thatcher Projects

Margaret Thatcher Projects Front of Gallery Door
All Photos By Gail

Wow, what treat it was to be able to attend this past Thursday’s opening reception for Colombian-born, NYC-based artist Omar Chacon, who has returned to Margaret Thatcher Projects for his second solo show at the gallery in two years!

Bacanal Eusagasuga By Omar Chacon
Bacanal Eusagasuga By Omar Chacon

Bacanales Tropicales collects new paintings in Chacon’s signature and instantly recognizable style, where droplets of color-saturated paint create layer upon layer of concentric circles and ovals of various sizes, shapes and endlessly variable color combinations.

Bacanal Detail by Omar Chacon

For the work in the above photo, Chacon purposefully shows the detail of the many, many layers of paint that make up each canvas.

Bacanal Siachoque Guero by Omar Chacon
Bacanal Siachoque Guero

It’s amazing how diverse the works are, considering each is created via the same method, but it seems that each new canvas you come upon is even more eye-popping than the previous.

Bacanal Guacari By Omar Chacon
Bacanal Guacari

Chacon’s unique style has made him one of my favorite contemporary artists, so it was also really nice to be able to meet him at Thursday’s opening. Omar is super cool: certainly one of the friendliest and, to use Geoffrey’s term, “Sauciest” Art personalities I’ve met. What a pleasure to know that such a talented artist is also so appreciative of his fans! Bacanales Tropicales is my favorite exhibit currently showing, so please make a trip over to Margaret Thatcher Projects to check out the the visually dazzling work of Omar Chacon while the show is still up!

Bacanal Icononzo By Omar Chacon
Bacanal Icononzo

Bacanales Tropicales by Omar Chacon will be on Exhibit at Margaret Thatcher Projects, Located at 539 West 23rd Street, Ground Floor, New York City through October 20, 2012. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and by appointment.

Bacanales Tropicales
Bacanal Manata