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Margaret Thatcher Projects

Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos

  • Omar Chacon

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Current Exhibitions at Margaret Thatcher Projects


Ghosts In The Machine

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Light Years: Celebrating 20 years of Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TWINS

  • Rainer Gross,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ted Larsen

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

text me

  • Laurie Frick,
  • Ruth Greene,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Maria Park,
  • Richard Thatcher,
  • Daniel Weiner,
  • Michael Waugh,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Across This New Divide

  • Heidi Spector,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

minimal invasiv

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Turn Up the Heat

  • Omar Chacon
  • Cathy Choi,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Vadim Katznelson,
  • Rainer Gross,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Venske & Spänle,
  • William Steiger,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Evan Stoller,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fountains

  • Robert Chamberlin,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Composition

  • Maria Park,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Far Closer

  • Robert Sagerman,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flight

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Danjerus Cable

  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RECONFIGURED

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Adam Fowler,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

See Me, Feel Me

  • Frank Badur,
  • Teo González,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brice Brown

  • Brice Brown,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HYBRID FORM

  • Frank Badur,
  • Omar Chacon
  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Joanne Mattera,
  • Richard Roth,
  • Opens: May. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos

  • Omar Chacon
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Am the Fire

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Flower

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Suite Color

  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

H O T S P O T S

  • William Betts,
  • Gary Carsley,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Teo Gonzalez,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • David Mann,
  • Michael Seiden,
  • Maria Park,
  • Robert Sagerman,
  • William Steiger,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Opens: Jul. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vibrations

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Nava Lubelski,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hoping for Clear Skies

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Lula Mae Blocton,
  • Maureen McQuillan,
  • Maria Park,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sympathetic Strings

  • David Mann,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arch/Horizon Paintings

  • Teo González,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SPLASH

  • William Betts,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THRILLS

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Industrial Park

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing Through: France & Poland

  • Tad Mike,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alternative Perspectives

  • Gary Carsley,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • William Steiger,
  • Raphael Zollinger,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Spectral Flux

  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As Above So Below

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Oct 22 - Dec 19, 2015

  • Reception: Oct 22, 6 - 8pm

Where

Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • 539 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.675.0222

About

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present Las Mesalinsa y Otros Ensayos, an exhibition of paintings by New York based artist Omar Chacon. In his third solo show at the gallery, Chacon’s work intertwines his heritage with his interest in classical Roman culture and myth.

Chacon’s colorful and energetic configurations symbolize both the unity and diversity of South America, specifically Colombia, where he was born and raised. He likens his works to a social gathering and on a larger scale, a nation, comprised of people with copious cultural variety, living amongst each other with a sense of solidarity, yet maintaining individuality. Each oval and drip is unique, prepared separately off the canvas. Chacon then applies and collages these “brushstrokes” onto canvas or paper, building intricate and harmonious compositions.

Introducing deeper shades of gold and purple, drawing inspiration from the traditional imperial colors of the Roman monarchies, the artist explores the delicacy and power of the monochrome, with works such as RT Mesalina and Mesalina Negra. Rich with subtle movement and variation throughout, these works showcase a fresh layer of complexity. Chacon’s 2012 exhibition, Bacanales Tropicales, referenced the wild and festive spirit of the god Bacchus. Continuing to draw energy from the history of Greco-Roman excess, he titles the exhibition after Valeria Mesalina, the wife of the Emperor Claudius -- a woman who has been much maligned for her devious ways. The raucous tales of her exploits, real or exaggerated, fascinate Chacon as they have writers and fine artists throughout the centuries.

Omar Chacon was born in Bogota, Colombia. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, CA and his BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design, FL. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in cities such as Los Angeles, Milan and Mexico City. In 2009, Chacon was selected as part of the Queens International Four at the 2009 Biennial at the Queens Museum of Art, New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 William and Dorothy Yeck Award through the Miami University National Young Painters Competition and the 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. His paintings have been reviewed in Art & Antiques, Artnet, and Artweek Magazine, among others.


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