Mario Garcia Torres
I Can’t See Regret in Here
The gallery presents a new series of two-dimensional works by Mario Garcia Torres, which seem to suggest, at first glance, the story of a studio accident. Someone has inadvertently moved a ready-to-be-painted canvas with dirty hands. Heirs of David Hammonds’ Body Prints, or Piero Manzoni’s Egg Sculptures, the pieces have been made by the artist himself performing the described “accident”. With toner in his hands – the dust normally used in photocopy machines – he “ruins” the canvas, leaving his hands’ imprint on the surface. It is as if the artist had decided to leave the canvas devoid of all meaning except for a signature, which turns the mishap into an intentional action.
Grounded in Garcia Torres’ conceptual approach to painting, as well as his long-term interests in ideas surrounding failure, the works do not make a statement themselves but become decoys that reveal our relationship with mistakes, imperfections and the well-done.