Ariamna Contino & Alex Hernández-Dueñas: Reverse
To read my new art review, “Dual exhibition: Ariamna Contino & Alex Hernández-Dueñas: Reverse at Nunu Fine Art in New York City,” in the April 2023 issue of the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, click on the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art link in bio:
A dual exhibition by Ariamna Contino and Alex Hernández-Dueñas
NuNu Fine Art
381 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
Days: Tuesday – Saturday
Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening reception: April 27, 2023, 6 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition: April 27 – June 10, 2023
Telephone: +1 (917) 965-2070
By Stephen Wozniak,
Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, April 2023
The poignant, almost otherworldly and nearly abstract “landscape” wall art of Ariamna Contino and Alex Hernández-Dueñas in their dual Reverse exhibition is a show that works with both my not-so-cursory direct gallery space engagement and dip-in-the-contextual-depths approach to fine art exhibition reviews. That’s because their art is just that sophisticated, deceptively simple and works on more levels than you or I could likely identify at first glance.
Their art offer new views on perennial concerns, which have now become worldwide and local emergencies. Some of the pieces, especially those of Hernández-Dueñas, remind me of the dreamy, layered great works of Patti Oleon and Paul Paeiment, but with the use of direct photographic imagery. The funny thing about the show title, Reverse, is that it sounds like a call to action for viewers and legislators to recognize our direct contribution to the horrors of environmental destruction and actually do something about it. But both Contino’s and Hernández-Dueñas’ wondrous, introspective and delicate works put us in a position to lament the utter destruction as if all of it has already happened. (Of course, some of it has). Is this dramatic license the kind we see in big budget disaster movies? I’d say yes, but the work is so much more than a lesson in “too little, too late.” It gives us an appreciation for the majesty and might of our seas and glaciers, but also a concrete focus on how environmental problems have been reviewed with hard irrefutable science and – in the case of the documentatión series – the very real effect on our lives that (living up to the title) ultimately does prompts action to restore or, at least, halt the destructive path we’ve laid everywhere.
Ariamna Contino website: https://www.artnet.com/artists/ariamna-contino/
Ariamna Contino Instagram: @AriamnaContino
Alex Hernández-Dueñas website: https://www.artsy.net/artist/alex-hernandez-duenas
Alex Hernández-Dueñas Instagram: @alexmiguelhernandezduenas
Stephen Wozniak website: www.stephenwozniakart.com
Stephen Wozniak Instagram: @stephenwozniakart
NuNu Fine Art website: www.nunufineart.com
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