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José Bedia

George Adams Gallery

José Bedia titled his 2005 painting of a giant aircraft carrier—one of a series of warship paintings—El futuro promisorio (Promising Future), and the image is haunting and charged with menace. There it was, greeting visitors to his recent show, looming out of the darkness, bearing down on and threatening to drown the viewer. The carrier’s oddly surreal form puts one in mind of a bird of prey and represents an intimidating icon of American military power at its most relentless. Bedia’s painting blurs the boundary between fantasy and reality, giving the image an uncanny power, a hallucinatory intensity that is maintained even as the picture appears to protest a demonstrable reality (Its ominous darkness suggests that the “glory” it might otherwise imply is deeply tarnished.)

Bedia is Cuban and clearly identifies with the underdog, seeing the world From the Other Side, to borrow the title of

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