Blog 1604 Andre Razo Frame Of Mind Installation View 1

Drawings of paintings: Andre Razo's state of mind

Several months ago, while he was sharing progress on his new work, Andre Razo held out his right arm and stuck my finger in the soft spot just below where the inner bicep connects to the elbow joint.

Can you feel that? Feel the mus­cle spas­ming?” he said, con­cerned but laugh­ing. He was won­der­ing if it was permanent.

Andre had been work­ing for hours that day, for him­self and also to pre­pare for his show with David Aron in Leo Fitzpatrick’s View­ing Room at Marl­bor­ough Chelsea, mak­ing what he calls, draw­ings of paint­ings.” His work is process and labor inten­sive, both high­ly struc­tured and com­plete­ly unplanned; he marks out a grid and then sees what hap­pens. His work is incred­i­bly dense, 2D but with lay­ers that pop out against each oth­er, with all the plea­sure of a Mag­ic Eye and only a lit­tle of the pain. At the open­ing of the show, it was com­mon to see peo­ple step up to the pieces, and then step a lot closer.

Blog 1604 Andre Razo Frame Of Mind

Andre and David met in the mid-90s on the street. They would hang out every after­noon, skate­board­ing and fig­ur­ing out what every­one was doing that night, drink­ing 40s of Bud­weis­er out­side the bars because they couldn’t afford to drink inside. Leo solicit­ed David and Andre for the View­ing Room show both because of their rela­tion­ship and the rela­tion­ship between their work over time. David’s work is a mix­ture of assem­blage, sculp­ture, and paint­ing, with stand-out col­ors and use of white as oth­er than place­hold­er. Both Andre and David’s work share a way of deal­ing with space and dimen­sion, with lay­ers over­lap­ping, going over and under, flat­ness with a sense of vary­ing depths. Both share an ele­ment of design and relationship.

Andre devel­oped his cur­rent style six years ago after he moved and also let go of his stu­dio, mov­ing away from paint­ing and mak­ing his works of mark­er on paper. Not want­i­ng to turn his new home into a paint stu­dio, he allowed his work to find free­dom in the con­straint. Still attract­ed to and explor­ing how lim­it­less the inter­pre­ta­tion of abstrac­tion is, the work devel­oped a new lan­guage with a clear dia­logue of what is hap­pen­ing in process. The work stays organ­ic in struc­tur­al con­fines, over­com­ing it to find­ing peace and bal­ance in the grid. An ele­ment of play winds through every piece, most evi­dent in his new sculp­tur­al work, Coun­ty Line,” of paint­ed rocks on col­ored sand in a paint­ed square, pet rocks from var­i­ous fir­ing surf spots, lazy trav­els, and picked up on walks with friends dur­ing all hours of day and night. An inti­mate epit­o­me of the draw­ing process, Coun­ty Line,” is a unit of a grid con­tain­ing organ­ic and human ele­ments and their rela­tion­ship to each other.

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After a few years of devel­op­ment the first show­ing of the work was a two man show at Fuse Gallery in 2013, Com­pos­ite Trans­fig­u­ra­tions,” with Bri­an DeR­an, then a piece in a group show at Slow Cul­ture in LA the fol­low­ing year, High Math.”

Andre still insists that he isn’t an artist by his def­i­n­i­tion and says, I just make things.” We put Andre to a slight­ly updat­ed ver­sion of the Proust Ques­tion­naire, French philoso­pher Mar­cel Proust’s psy­cho­log­i­cal par­ty game.

What is your cur­rent state of mind?
Open to every­thing but scat­tered as per usual

What kind of projects are you cur­rent­ly work­ing on?
Mak­ing draw­ings and music. Clean­ing up my backyard.

What music do you lis­ten to while work­ing?
Eclec­tic Playlists with lots of folk, soul and shoe gaze

What is your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?
Being with friends an family

What is your great­est fear?
Not being ready

What is the trait you most deplore in your­self?

What is the trait you most deplore in oth­ers?

Which liv­ing per­son do you most admire?
Leonard Cohen

Whose style, if any, do you most admire?
Bob Dylan

Describe a new devel­op­ment you would love to see in the future.
Accep­tance and cel­e­bra­tion of differences

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What do you con­sid­er the most over­rat­ed virtue?

What is one thing most peo­ple don’t know about you?
I’m half Filipino

Which words or phras­es do you most overuse?
I say it’s like” too much

What or who is the great­est love of your life?
Fam­i­ly and friends

When and where were you hap­pi­est?

Which tal­ent would you most like to have?
Span­ish Gui­tar chops

If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be?
I’d quit smoking

What do you con­sid­er your great­est achieve­ment?
Falling in love

Pre­ferred Social Media?

If you were to die and come back as a per­son or a thing, what would it be?
A bet­ter ver­sion of myself

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Where would you most like to live?
New York and Paris

What is your most val­ued pos­ses­sion?

What do you regard as the low­est depth of mis­ery?

What is your favorite occu­pa­tion?
Nation­al Geo­graph­ic photographer

What is your most marked char­ac­ter­is­tic?

What do you most val­ue in your friends?

Who are your favorite writ­ers and poets?
Cocteau twins, Leonard Cohen

What is your favorite insta­gram?
Dan Houg­land

Who is your hero, fic­tion or real life?
Pop Pop my grandfather

What is it that you most dis­like?

What is your great­est regret?
Not indulging my instincts ear­li­er in life

How would you like to die?
In my sleep

What do you live for?

What is your mot­to?
Embrace and learn from failure

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tino Razo, Mari­ah Ernst, David Aron

29 Apr 2016 · neubau eyewear