Buenos Aires

Marcelo Pombo

Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte

Viewing Marcelo Pombo’s dazzling enamel paintings—obsessively rendered to the point of madness, with hallucinating dots on dots reproducing themselves like an uncontrollable epidemic over large areas of whirling paint—is, to say the least, a mesmerizing experience. Geometries emerge amid such images as these: beautiful wavering trees surrounded by water; alien figures holding musical instruments and inhabiting a nest; a roof made out of twigs, branches, and jewelry hovering over a garish rectangular form; a conglomeration of beads, feather dusters, weeds, and framed abstract paintings soaring in midair; and an embellished head among exotic ornaments. Everything floats or levitates, and nothing appears solid or weighed down by gravity. Pombo’s images pull the viewer in like a magnet, and the deliriously polymorphous quality of his pictures stands in exquisite contrast to the didactic works

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