Thierry Goldberg Gallery

Pierre Obando

Like New

April 26 - May 17, 2015


Thierry-Goldberg Gallery is pleased to present Like New, Pierre Obando’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The show opens on April 26th with a reception from 6 to 8 and will run through May 17th.

Making a reference to a 1962 Roy Lichtenstein painting of the same name, Like New encompasses Obando’s dedicated study of the pop artist’s utilization of mechanical painting techniques. Lichtenstein’s painting “Like New” is a two-panel piece that was based on an advertisement for a screen-door repair service. The two panels depict a “before and after” commercial scheme of a screen with a hole on the left and a repaired screen on the right.

Unlike the comic book imagery Lichtenstein is often associated with, “Like New” is more of a minimal abstract piece that may recall Agnes Martin’s work. With the eighteen paintings presented in the show, Obando has utilized similar work processes to the same effect. He uses various stencils and layering techniques to create ben-day dot patterns over flat surfaces while allowing some accidents to occur. The result is often unpredictable and left to chance, the large dotted areas create optical effects that hurt the eye as you move closer to the painting, and the intentional imperfections add a good dosage of emotion to an otherwise cold mechanical process.

Pierre Obando was born in Belize and currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He holds an MFA in painting from Hunter College, New York, and a BFA in painting from the New World School of The Arts, Miami, FL. Obando has previously had solo exhibitions at Rush Arts and Heskin Contemporary, both in New York. He has also exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, New York; The Queens Museum, NY; The Painting Center, New York, NY; Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY; Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY; Sixty Seven Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Clementine Gallery, New York, NY.

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