Monday, October 1, 2012
Oscar Cueto - "Solitude," Walter Maciel Gallery
"Oscar Cueto will present 18 small format drawings executed in watercolor and based on different symmetrical patterns and shapes found in the Rorschach psychological tests. The stains are cleverly placed within landscapes taken from photographs of Cueto’s travels including city streets, urban parks and the ocean. The mysterious blots become monstrous creatures that create a fantasy of terror for the impending peaceful scenery. In one drawing a young boy is shown walking down a curvy path of a public park only to be greeted by the perfectly placed Rorschach monster. Depending on how the blot is interpreted, it looks both like a tree (in keeping with the surrounding forest) and a grotesque beast with flailing arms and feet. In another drawing the Rorschach stain is placed above the horizon line of the ocean appearing like a bat flying into the moody sky. In all of the drawings, the psychology of the ink blot forms is reversed as they themselves become the horror that impends on the otherwise serene and peaceful quality of each landscape. The series continues Cueto’s morose fascination with American horror films and their celebrity subjects as well as the demented capabilities of the human mind all within a humorous intent."