Gam Gallery is pleased to present
Matias Armendaris: Nausea
October 5 – November 2
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday October 5, 8 pm
“Existence is not something which lets itself be thought of from a distance: it must invade you suddenly, master you, weigh heavily on your heart like a great motionless beast –or else there is nothing more at all.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea
Matias Armendaris’ series Nausea explores the standpoint of French Existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre and his physical representation of the melancholic experience as described within his novel by the same name. Included in the exhibition are a number of drawings and a series of mini intaglio prints on Japanese paper that are projected onto a vellum screen. The drawings explore Sartre’s notions of existence, time and melancholy through figurative elements juxtaposed with graphic abstractions in graphite and watercolour. The work intends to depict the internal conflict that arises as rationality and abstract thought become limited and unspecific in relation to the crude experience of the physical interaction with the world.
Matias Armendaris was born in Ecuador and raised in Quito, Bogota and Mexico City. A current Visual Arts student at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Armendaris has also studies printmaking at the Fundación Estampería Quiteña in Quito, Ecuador. He has participated in group and solo exhibition in Canada, Ecuador and Mexico, and was awarded Feature Artist of the Year, 40th Annual Art Fair, the American School Foundation, Mexico City, in 2009.