New York

Julio Galan

Annina Nosei Gallery

Julio Galan’s spherical sculptures and large, complex paintings combine figures, landscapes, and still lifes, written and applied objects, exploiting all manner of visual and verbal language. Melodramatic self-portraits stand beside often ironic renderings of religious and political mythologies. Galan’s is a crowded world. His works are overloaded, dense, but also random; by including everything, he asserts no hierarchy of values. Galan, who has worked both in his native Mexico and in New York, seems to be functioning at a complex cultural crossroads, experiencing but not assimilating a wealth of conflicting information. Certain recurrent forms (red ribbons wrapped like serpents around several figures, labyrinths and puzzlelike grids) suggest that he is beginning to formulate a vocabulary, though his use of such elements varies widely.

Galan experiments with all kinds of formal and stylistic

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