Nurse

Nurse / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Unibrow

Unibrow / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Blue Nose Guy

Blue Nose Guy / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Aspiring Clown

Aspiring Clown / 2016 / Acrylic , oil, and lithography ink on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Aladdin

Aladdin / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Señor Banano

Señor Banano / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Yellow Head

Yellow Head / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Kiss

Kiss / 2016 / Acrylic, oil and oil pastel on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Self Portrait with Fake Smile

Self Portrait with Fake Smile / 2016 / Acrylic on mesh / 27 x 21 inches

Banana Hair

Banana Hair / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Deranged Lady

Deranged Lady / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Nose on the Edge

Nose on the Edge / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Purple Rain

Purple Rain / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Sk8ter

Sk8ter / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Flowers Dude

Flowers Dude / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Chopped Head

Chopped Head / 2016 / Acrylic and oil stick on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Cat Man

Cat Man / 2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 27 x 21 in.

Flip-Phone Message

Flip-Phone Message / 2016 / Oil and lithography ink canvas / 9 x 6.5 in.

The Artist and His Model

The Artist and His Model / 2016 / Acrylic, oil, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas / 72 x 58 in.

Boy Leading Horse

Boy Leading Horse / 2016 / Acrylic, oil, lithography ink, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas / 74 x 60 in.

Adam Expelled from Paradise

Adam Expelled from Paradise / 2016 / Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas / 72 x 32 in.

Enjoy Life

Enjoy Life / 2016 / Acrylic, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas / 48 x 56 in.

Dog

Dog / 2016 / Oil and lithography ink on canvas / 58 x 60 in.

One Day at the Beach

One Day at the Beach / 2015 / Acrylic, oil, oil pastel, and spray paint on canvas / 96 x 84 in.

Luncheon on the Grass

Luncheon on the Grass / 2015 / Acrylic, oil, oil pastel and spray paint on canvas / 84 x 84 in.

CRISTINA DE MIGUEL

"Bad Habits"

May 21 – July 10, 2016

Opening Reception
Saturday May 21, 6 - 9 pm

Freight+Volume is pleased to present Cristina de Miguel’s new solo exhibition Bad Habits, opening May 21st and running through July 3rd. This is her third exhibition with the gallery. As the title would suggest, de Miguel's new work is both an examination of, and a departure from, old habits and ways of living, as well as traditional ways of seeing and making art.

Spanish-born painter Cristina de Miguel creates her idiosyncratic paintings, at once sophisticated and disarmingly childlike, yet always steeped in humor and gesture. The paintings are captured moments, ideas, and emotions, largely concerned with the portrait and with allegory.  Her non-linear and sometimes whimsical narrative quality lends itself to a spectrum of viewing. There is no absolute or singular way to view her paintings: they need to be explored and experienced. Each painting asks the viewer to discover it, engage with it, experience it, and live it. The audience is invited to fill in the blanks. De Miguel’s imagery derives from her unique life, and through paint she presents her art as a celebration, and as a viable lifestyle.

In de Miguel’s newest series, the artist explores ideas of freedom and appropriation in painting. Referencing the ‘old masters’ of art history and tradition, she creates her own versions, much like Picasso did with Manet’s iconic painting, Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe. In Picasso’s homage The Painter and his Model, he rendered his own shamelessly stereotypical remake of the title’s subject. De Miguel’s Boy Leading a Horse draws direct inspiration from Picasso’s painting of the same name, while Adam Expelled from Paradise is borrowed from the common subject matter of Renaissance masters. The artist views these derivations as opportunities to imbue them with her own wittiness and humor, while maintaining a certain degree of seriousness — via the composition and rhythm, along with the reappropriation of a masterpiece. Artists have been doing this throughout art history, and the artist views this practice more as an accepted convention in contemporary art.

For several years, the artist has been drawn to the juxtaposition of opposing formal and narrative elements in painting; the inspiration for Bad Habits conveys this sentiment in a solemn yet also humorous formal manner.  This idea of ‘mischievous behavior’ — being bad, but not too bad — relates to the new versions presented by de Miguel, as well as those done by Old Masters. Through this approach, the artist seeks to step away from the formal conventions of the art market and industry, to make the subject matter more refreshing and approachable.

The characters in de Miguel’s paintings are drawn as impressions of people in social media, namely those who seemingly participate in endless days and nights of decadent leisure. The portrayal of this decadent demographic is not foreign to (often frivolous) social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with people sharing ostentatious images of how great their lives are, and how much fun they’re having while living it. This projection of people’s status into public visibility is best connected to individuals by the selection of his or her own profile image. The role of social media between the individual and the public is what shapes the artist’s paintings for Bad Habits. Social media, checked multiple times throughout the day by De Miguel, constantly inundates the artist with images of people lounging in scenes of leisure, which leads to her development of the relationships and subjects in her paintings.
 

Cristina de Miguel (b. Seville, Spain 1987) creates casual, funny, mischievous paintings. The images and motifs that feature in her paintings often are borrowed from old masterpieces, social media and absurd daily scenes.  She received a MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from the University of Seville. De Miguelwas awarded a Skowhegan residence in the summer of 2013. Her work has been reviewed in ARTINFO, NY Arts Magazine, El Correo de Andalucia, and others. Recent solo exhibitions include Absolutely Yours at Freight + Volume Gallery, Extraños en la noche intercambiando miradas at Arts + Leisure Gallery, and Nike Head at Cuchifritos Gallery. De Miguel lives and works in Brooklyn.

Please join us for the opening reception with the artist on Saturday, May 21th from 6 to 9PM. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or to order Bad Habits, the accompanying exhibition artist book, please contact Nick Lawrence at nick@freightandvolume.com