Mars-1’s (featured in HF Vol. 26) large-scale paintings are filled with color and movement that seems to evolve slowly yet powerfully. It’s as if each piece contains something like a Big Bang playing out in slow motion for viewers to observe. His current exhibition “Toward A Distant Dawn” opened at Martha Otero Gallery in LA on June 7, featuring several monumental paintings as well as bronze sculptures and installation elements. In the center piece of the show, a mural-sized work exploding with color, Mars-1 expertly layers pigments, making them appear saturated yet slightly translucent. The geometric forms gently pulse in some pieces and fly, as if in a fiery explosion, in others — a visual translation of metaphysical and spiritual concepts that lie beyond the realm of Earthly existence.
“Toward a Distant Dawn” is on view through July 19 at Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles. Photos by Caro.