Fusion of Horizons (Horizontverschmelzung)

“A person who has no horizon is a man who does not see far enough and hence overvalues what is nearest to him.” – Hans Georg Gadamer

Marc Arcamo offers us an exuberant yet unpredictable variance of subdued greys while employing repetitive forms of human figures. His elements seem to be floating in horizontal flatness however multidimensional it may seem to appear. His recent paintings inquire about themes of impermanence, mainstream culture and urbanism. With the use of geometric prototypes, his paintings have resulted in a fusion of abstractions. Arcamo has intuitively created these pieces with the intent of deviating to a certain degree, dissonance of memory — images culled from his insights about existence. His works are suggestive of pared-down treatment of elements and design that seems to be in flux.

His painting series, entitled “Mental Projection” is a combination of the realistic style with decisive exertions of many known genres of abstractions. His incorporation of vintage movie stills, collages and appropriation, hark back to his past experience as an employed artist — he was instructed to work out on existing designs and corporate logos in order to satisfy the whim of his clients. These ruminations about his early struggles as hired artist had a profound and long-lasting effect on his art making.

Based on Arcamo’s assertion, his pieces invite viewers to a world where the visual embodiment of what we perceived of the particular object, is an observation of a person against another person’s — no matter how they see the same horizon. It is likely a counterfeit of familiarization of everyday entities (in our perception of what our expectations of the reality are and what is beyond). Often time, we negate that very same idea of knowledge and disregard of everyday symbolisms that become a redundant cryptogram.

Marc Arcamo’s compartmentalized, maze of dissimilar elegant patterns may sanction us of his personal musing, but quietly imply us not to overlook the multidimensional meaning and objectification of his works. His paintings oftentimes can be interpreted as an amalgamation of geometric manipulations which offer a whole new array of perceptions. Indeed, it is the “vanishing point” as a metaphor of how we look into daily signs indifferently and alternately.

-Erik Sausa




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