La Edad de la Fe (The Age of Faith)
- Artist: Abel Almenara
- Year: 2012
June 1 - August 1, 2012
Elena Lamm's Hall
This exhibition features several works, all of which have a romantic, dream-like quality bordering on the surreal. It is the same sensation I get when looking at a painting by William Blake. Perhaps it’s because they share a common theme or because both leave you with the impression of being a voyeur in someone else’s dream. Whatever the case, it’s truly magical when an artist manages to evoke such beauty, and Abel Almenara does it masterfully. One painting I especially admire and that illustrates the effortless passage between dreams and reality is El ritual de Odette, an oil on canvas painted in 2012. The artist can barely be glimpsed crouched in the lower right-hand corner of the canvas, while beautiful, ethereal creatures dance in the middle. Works like these reassure me that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Almenara in the not-too-distant future.