Christian Ruiz Berman | Chapultepec Samsara

+ Eric Santoscoy-McKillip | 29 Palms

November 6 – December 6, 2015

OUTLET Fine Art is pleased to present Chapultepec Samsara a solo show of recent works by Christian Ruiz Berman along with 29 Palms a selection of new work by Eric Santoscoy-McKillip. Please join us for an opening reception with the artists Friday November 6 from 7 to 10 pm. The exhibitions will continue with gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 12 – 6pm through December 6th.

 

Berman's richly textured and vibrant work reflects a history of displacement and relocation. They strike a poetic balance between what he refers to as the "homogenizing power of technological globalization and the innate human desire to assert one's uniqueness." In this vein, Berman draws heavily on the interplay between fact, memory, and fiction, splicing-in disparate cultural influences from Japanese Ukiyo-e prints to Aztec myths. 

 

The exhibition's title comes from the below poem writen by Ruiz Berman articulating this new body of work:

 

Chapultepec samsara

Diminishing years

are stitched

with porcupine quills

and I recollect the lines

of arched bone-ware bodies.

I am partnered with

expectant lovers

star struck cartographers,

astrologer Aztecs,

uncertain mechanics.

 

Aligned as I am

with you

an electron entangled

in rhythmical eyelashes,

suspended from the eaves

of your approval,

I am weighing your attention,

testing the resistance.

 

My happiness is served

hanging

a pendulous heart,

a palm's purple flower,

an abundant, sanguine trust.

I offer it

to eager natives,

cultured pilgrims,

blood warm strangers,

lost tribes and proud collectors,

busy courtesans of dust.

 

This is the product of your absence,

honey of my thorn bush wanderings,

aromatic eucalyptus

of impatient chisel cuts.

Lick the enamel of my madness

hero twins of searing heartache

sister moons of hardened sugar

fever dreams of future rust.

 

I ask Wisdom

to find my creek bed,

to stir the loam

and plant her seed there

to balance between the datura,

the daisies,

and the dahlias.

I befriend

the climbing absence

and watch the slow advance of winter

from the feathered edge of fall.

I draw the cycle of the serpent

learning much, but knowing nothing

finding peace in sunlit moments

that lay bare the temple wall.
 

A native of the American Southwest, Santoscoy-McKillip’s works are deeply rooted in the geography and environment of the region. In this new body of work, he employs a cypher of color and texture. By playing upon the intentionally ambiguous physicality of his sculptures and paintings, he creates intriguing topographies, themselves metaphors for the layers of experience composing our identities.