Thinkspace projects is proud to current Uncharted Paths from Mark Jeffrey Santos, aka Mr. S of their important gallery. Following appearances of their Chicago and Dubai group exhibits final yr, that is the artist’s debut solo exhibition in the USA. Santos’s creations present his penchant for adventurous and larger-than-life personas, there’s an immediate and comfy connection that’s established as soon as a viewer involves expertise his artwork.
His new physique of labor for Uncharted Paths is predicated on his private experiences touring, making a physique of labor that evokes the sure feeling of pleasure when you end up in a brand new place. “Final yr I had the chance to journey to South Korea and I used to be fortunate to have witnessed the season of autumn,” Santos mentioned. “Seeing it for the primary time appears like I am in an odd world. It was such an otherworldly expertise for an extraordinary phenomenon.”
A lot of Santos’s works revolve round vignettes of a younger boy captured within the midst of discovery and exploration of a brand new realm. A way of self-awareness is obvious within the pensive gaze of his harmless protagonist. It’s a look that’s stuffed with profound reflection and contemplation of issues to return. Santos makes use of quite a lot of Japanese Noh masks to broaden this idea — masks that conceal its topic’s emotion reverse the pensive gaze that reveals the true feelings he feels.
Full with a dreamlike setting and his wide-eyed characters, Santos is just not solely technically expert, but additionally gifted with the imaginative and prescient to assemble imaginary, bordering on surreal, scenes. His characters can typically be discovered on an journey, accompanied by larger-than-life creatures. Such expertise in world-building and character design solely comes pure for Santos, who did works in video and movie earlier than turning into a visible artist.