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ALLAN deSOUZA

Trysts Tropicales

February 10 - April 2, 2011

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Cezanne, 2010  C-Print  16" x 12"

In Trysts Tropicales, Allan deSouza stages the lingering traces of “colonialism’s culture” as a complex of  elusive  desires  and  lost  fantasies,  reworking  Achille  Mbembe’s  description  of  the  present  as  an  “entanglement of absences.” The exhibition consists of two bodies of photographic works, Rdctns and Third Eye. In the Rdctns series, deSouza revisits paintings by Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau. The two iconic modernist artists were selected as different tropes of escape, Rousseau having never left France yet creating tropical fantasies,  and  Gauguin who was constantly traveling  in search of a  physical paradise. In the Third Eye series, deSouza replays his own encounter with Western art history through a series of self‐portraits by canonical artists, from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol.
At first sight, the works in both series might appear as color abstractions, but closer viewing reveals their figurative sources. The dominant color in each work is determined from a particular spot in the original painting: in the Rdctns, the color is chosen from the “furthest point,” usually the horizon line; while in the Third Eye the color is selected from the mid‐forehead of each self‐portrait, the site of the proverbial “third eye.” Each work is created from a laborious process of digital “erasure” that falls somewhere between rubbing out and a rubbing, bringing the illusionistic depths––the lost horizons––to the literal surface of each image.

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Chinaberry (jdth), 2010  C-Print, 55" x 40"

Allan  deSouza’s  works are  currently  on  view  in  a  solo  exhibition,  His  Masterʹs  Tools   at  The Fowler  Museum,  Los  Angeles,  CA.   His  works  have  recently  been  on  view  at  The  Krannert  Museum, Champaign,  IL  (2010);  Centre  Georges  Pompidou,  Paris,  France  (2010);  Walther  Collection,  Neu‐Ulm,  Germany (2010); Loyola University Museum, New Orleans, LA (2010);  3rd Guangzhou Triennale, China (2008) ; 7th Gwangju Biennale Seoul, South Korea (2008); The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (2007); In Snap Judgments at International Center of Photography, New York (2006) and travel to Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,  Netherlands  and  Memphis  Brooks  Museum  of  Art,  Memphis,  TN;  In  Africa  Remix  at  Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany (2004) and travel to Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2006)  and  Hayward  Gallery,  London,  England  (2005);  The  Philadelphia  Museum  of  Art,  PA  (2004);  Museum of African Art, New York, NY (2003); The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, NY and in Out of  India,  Queens  Museum,  NY  (1997).  

Exhibition Views

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Turtle (tgrntrpclstrm),  2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Palm Coast (whyryngry), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Secret Garden (mnwthx), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Oriental Iris (wmnbthg), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Imperial (wmnwthflwr), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Polar Sky (fghtbtwntgrnbffl), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Mango (mrcnndnstrgglngwthgrll), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Da Vinci, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Picasso, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Van Gogh, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Naumann, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Schiele, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Cezanne, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Warhol, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Mapplethorpe, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Close,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Miro,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Matisse,  2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Turtle (tgrntrpclstrm),  2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Palm Coast (whyryngry), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Secret Garden (mnwthx), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Oriental Iris (wmnbthg), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Imperial (wmnwthflwr), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Polar Sky (fghtbtwntgrnbffl), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Mango (mrcnndnstrgglngwthgrll), 2010

C – Print

55" x 40"

Da Vinci, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Picasso, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Van Gogh, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Naumann, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Schiele, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Cezanne, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Warhol, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Mapplethorpe, 2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Close,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Miro,  2010

C – Print

17" x 13"

Matisse,  2010

C – Print

55" x 40"