530 West 25th Street, chelsea
New York, New York 10001

Exhibition Dates: June 2, 2009 – June 23, 2009
Reception: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.

Agora Gallery is pleased to present a two-part art exhibition scheduled to run from June 2, 2009 through June 23, 2009. By exploring such undiscovered vantage points and often-overlooked inspirations, this collection of artists was selected because they present the world to viewers with an unusual candor. Whether with grit or finesse, the paintings grouped together in Unbound Perspectives display a timeless artistic past time: to unseat the audience from their comfortable and mundane perceptions of reality.

Juan Lopezdabdoub creates profoundly allegorical painted works to depict the inherent contradictions he observes around him. He sees the world as one full of delirium, delusion, obsession and fanaticism, which drive the unconscious to extremes. These dramatic opposites in turn translate onto the canvas as jarring juxtapositions with little gray area between their polarized imageries. Lopezdabdoub directs the viewer to decipher his allegories as a reader would decipher a text: "I think of my paintings as sociological, political, philosophical and psychological visual essays. I use symbols and make references to mythology and culture to engage the viewer in conversations about the most basic meaning of life and to enrich and deepen our understanding of the human condition." Indeed, the paintings task the viewer with translating the disparate elements of political histories and psychological narratives that are scattered throughout the compositions, sometimes readily legible and sometimes mysteriously cryptic.

Born and raised in El Salvador, Juan Lopezdabdoub moved to Canada with his family in 1991 leaving a Salvadorian civil war behind. He studied art at the University of Manitoba and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his painting, including two university gold medals for outstanding achievement in Fine Arts.

Official Website: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/juan_lopezdabdoub.aspx

Added by Hawkes on June 3, 2009

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