July 16, 2014 - Amy Griffin
In his recent television series, "Cosmos," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the human talent for pattern recognition as a double-edged sword. "We're especially good at finding patterns, even when they aren't there," he said, explaining that this helps us makes sense of the world. It's the same thing that drives creativity. In the current show at Troy's Collar Works Gallery, four artists explore patterns through painting and drawing. "Discernible Regularities," which includes Omar Chacon, Amanda Kates, Fernando Orellana and Kenny Rivero, is a sample of the distinctive ways artists might approach patterning, as well as color.
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October 9, 2012 - 8020SHOES
Omar Chacon uses small droplets of acrylic paint to create pieces so vivid and colorful they look like they belong in a dream.
Each painting is comprised of small, technicolor ovals that come together to form abstract paintings, so textured that you can see every layer of paint that goes into the work.Download Article (PDF)
September 10, 2012 - Gail Worley
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October 27, 2010 - DeWitt Cheng
Stratigraphy is the branch of geology that focuses on rock and soil strata. It's a discipline we're all reminded of occasionally, when windows and nerves get rattled by twitchy tectonic plates. Within the context ofStratigraphic, which premiered atGordon Huether's Hay Barn Gallery in Napa in September, the word takes on gentler meanings, invoking, according to the gallery's press release, "hidden strata, stories untold, passages of time, and fleeting moments." The five artists featured — Macyn Bolt, Brian Caraway, Omar Chacón, Jr., Danielle Mysliwiec, and David Allan Peters — apply paint in unorthodox ways, i.e., with unusual tools like grout and pastry guns or clay extruders...