OBSERVED BY CLOUDS
Mario Wagner Solo Exhibition
Saturday September 4, 2010 - Saturday September 25, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday September 4, 2010 | 7-11PM
This event is highly anticipated as it marks the artist’s first solo show in San Francisco since relocating here from Germany this year.
Utilizing imagery from the 1950s and 60s, Wagner’s pieces convey a sense of vintage futurism in beautifully anachronistic micro-narratives that describe one visual point in some larger, unknown story.
Executed through a stream-of-consciousness based process: spontaneous, free flowing and of the moment, "Observed by Clouds" will be expressed through the techniques of painting, mixed media, collage, and installation and will present more than a dozen new artworks.
Imbued with a sense of cinematic intrigue and sci-fi fantasy that speaks to the era from which he draws reference, Wagner’s pieces depict a time when futuristic fascination was widespread, space travel was imminent, and the possibilities of technology were limitless.
"Observed by Clouds" will present a collection of work exploring some of the darker and more illusive narratives that have been steadily evolving in Wagner’s artistic oeuvre. As Wagner puts it, these new works "feel like the next step in a line." Dreamlike scenarios of morose pallbearers assembled in funeral formation, masked marauders on horseback full of hidden agendas, and watchful strangers with questionable intentions lurking in shadows point to mysteries that border on the eerie, begging at the viewer’s imagination and inviting him to contemplate the origins of the story’s beginning and its probable end.
More about the artist: http://www.mario-wagner.com/