Currently on view at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City is artist Emilio Villalba’s solo exhibition, “People & Things.”
For “People & Things,” Villalba was inspired by the everyday objects and people from his daily life. Each subject was painted alla prima. By working with layers of wet-on-wet paint, the artist calls to mind the quickness
with which these subjects appear and re-appear throughout his day. Gestural brushstrokes
create depth and texture, bringing a sense of beauty and appreciation for the mundane, from
empty beer cans, to broken-in Converse sneakers, to old Toyotas.
Collage-like compositions are prominent throughout the body of work, mimicking the
winding narratives of a dream. Objects are shown overlapping, pieced together and floating
in an undefined space, interposed with self-portraits and set against checkered backgrounds.
These ambiguous configurations are almost like snapshots, archived from deep within the
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