(FAIRFIELD, CT.) – “The Triumph of Intellect” – a new exhibit by Louis Markoya, former collaborator and protégé of Surrealist master Salvador Dali, will open November 19, 2016 at the Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Markoya’s history with Fairfield and its library is longstanding, having originally conducted research for Dali’s art there. In 1973, Markoya exhibited his first solo show, while still working under Dali. This first show, “The Traumatism of Birth,” leaned heavily on the master’s style and imagery.
Now, 43 years later, Markoya brings what he terms the continuity and evolution of Surrealist and Nuclear-Mystical art to the same venue, with a focus on optical and neural explorations through oil paintings and lenticular prints. Lenticular prints give the illusion of depth, even the appearance of movement, as the image is viewed from different angles producing amazing 3D results.
“I want to stimulate the intelligence of the viewer. It’s my sincere hope,” Markoya continues, “that I can contribute to the growth of curiosity and mind expansion through my art.”
Markoya evolved mentor Dali’s innovations through his leveraging of fractal science and lenticular lens technology, extending surrealism’s most notable characteristics, and creating a style that is uniquely Markoya. In his later years, Dali opened up new visual doors, too, through the use of holography and stereoscopy. “I have evolved Surrealism and Dali’s love of science to develop a new art form,” Markoya says.
Among the more than 30 works that will be on exhibit, one of several fractal-based pieces to be shown is, “Only Thought Can Rival Nature” – an intricate painting with flame fractals forming the brow of a female head and fractal roots growing into an iris,” Markoya notes. The work features several elements seen in some of Dali’s compositions, such as cuddle fish, bees, and butterflies. These elements all represent how thought can not only extend beyond the walls of the cranium but can surpass nature itself.
The exhibit will run from November 19 through December 31, 2016. Show hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sundays. A reception is scheduled December 3 between 4:30 and 6:30PM. For more information, contact the gallery at (203) 256-3155.
Markoya’s extensive website, which includes great anecdotes on working with Dali, can be found at www.louismarkoya.com
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