The Art Exhibit of Mario M. Pires, Visions From The Mundane Traveler: Capturing Society's Shared Experiences, will open with a reception on Saturday, December 6 from 2-4 p.m. at The Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington. The paintings will be on display through December 30th, 2008. The artist's statement is below.
The works in this series focus on a study based on shared experiences in modern American society. There are similar occurrences, be they significant or minor, that most of contemporary American society experience (at one point or another) in their lives. The realization of this connection and parallel of experiences has fostered a motivation to pursue an investigation on this theme. Similar to the intentions of the American artist Edward Hopper, I have explored and created images of everyday occurrences, at times even focusing on common happenings. By exposing a moment in time, I will ask the viewing audience to realize some of the ordinary, yet interesting, images they are connected to in a common and comfortable way. My imagery addresses the mundane experiences of the common traveler and commuter. Many individuals spend a considerable amount of time moving from one place to another. Sometimes these experiences of traveling become so monotonous that we do not even know how we get to our destination. I intend to communicate to the viewer that life is filled with interesting experiences, even if we only capture a glimpse of what had happened.