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Marlborough Contemporary

We’re Out Here

  • Michael Alvarez
  • C734494e 8f61 47a2 b986 af485fc20614

Press for We’re Out Here

Current Exhibitions at Marlborough Contemporary


BURNT, curated by Leo Fitzpatrick

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Viewing Room: SHADOWWORK

  • Erik Bergrin,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bystander

  • Allen Jones,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception: May. 03, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Viewing Room: The Thrum and The Thrall

  • Robin Winters,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pathological Chroma

  • Gavin Kenyon,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We’re Out Here

  • Michael Alvarez
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Embodied Forms

  • Magdalena Abakanowicz,
  • Opens: Feb. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Violations, 1971-72

  • Dennis Oppenheim,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inconsiderate Fantasies of Negative Acceleration Characterized by Sacrifices of a Non-Consensual Nature

  • Survival Research Laboratories,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 4 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Project Room: Liminal Kingdom

  • Meryl Smith,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Postcards & Pipes

  • Rosha Yaghmai,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Truth in the Night

  • Brian Fahlstrom,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

My American Dream: Mystery Train

  • Keith Mayerson,
  • Opens: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Feedback: Curated by Leo Fitzpatrick

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 06, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Familiar Project

  • Anne Neukamp,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wild and Blue

  • Celeste Dupuy-Spencer,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bag It Up and Sell It

  • Devin Troy Strother,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Feb 15 - Mar 17, 2018

  • Reception: Feb 15, 6 - 8pm

Where

Marlborough Contemporary

  • 545 West 25th Street, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.463.8634

About

Marlborough Contemporary is pleased to present We’re Out Here, paintings by Michael Alvarez. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York.



Taking inspiration from his immediate surroundings in the domestic sphere, at work in alternative education high schools and Juvenile Detention Centers, and the city at large, Alvarez creates a compound narrative of life as lived in the complex sprawl of his native Los Angeles. From the glitz and dashed hopes of Hollywood Boulevard to the backyard barbeque we begin to see through carefully constructed surfaces, revealing a tender humanity.



Also depicted are more marginal and thornier hybrid sites. Concrete drainage ditches, that double as skateboarding spots and broad canvasses for graffiti murals, are also host to homeless encampments, presenting a friction between an ascendant and hopeful lawlessness and the desperation of pure survival. Similarly, the eponymous painting We’re Out Here, which was created in collaboration with his incarcerated students (Alvarez’s portraits are interspersed with students’ original artworks) underscores the fine line and expanding gulf between opportunity and a dead-end existence.


Technically, Alvarez mixes a matter-of-fact style with dashes of magical realism. Exhibiting a keen understanding of photo-specific technique, figures blur and ghost across the images suggesting movement through time and space in a static image. Appropriately, snapshot source material ranges from the posed semi-formality of the family portrait to the yearbook-candid playfulness of his students. These images are collaged or cleverly composited into painted scenes that are invested with a warmth, humor and realism that supersedes mere depiction.


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