LOS ANGELES, CA.- Garis & Hahn
announces The Sword of Damocles, a solo exhibition of new works by Felix R. Cid. The exhibition title references the oft-misused ancient parable popularized by the Roman philosopher Cicero, which highlights the dangers that loom over those with immense power and wealth. The presentation includes six large-scale photomontages and one piece of sculpture.
Cids photomontages are comprised of hundreds of high-resolution digital photographs taken within the past year, capturing political marches, rallies, and protests around the world. These photographs are digitally rendered to create dramatic abstract compositions that confound an immense accumulation of visual information. This conglomeration of photographic detail speaks to the state of our Information Age a Post-Truth era defined by a 24-hour news cycle, ubiquitous social media consumption, as well as the proliferation of alternative facts.
Also on view is a large-scale sculptural work made up of of many Greco-Roman style concrete sculptures, which are piled together on the gallery floor as if in a heap of rubble. Molded onto these kitsch representations of Classical statuary are Mexican wrestling masks. This tongue-in-cheek work is inspired by the artists experience as a Spanish immigrant to the United States, as he is a European frequently perceived by Americans as Mexican. Presented alongside the photomontages, this sculpture alludes to an expired civilization ravaged by war.
Felix R. Cid (born 1976, Madrid) graduated from a GS program at the International Center of Photography in 2005, and holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Single Artist 2013 NYFA Fellowship, and the Gregory Millard Fellow. He obtained a fellowship at AIM Bronx Museum. Cid has participated in numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad.