Armando Lerma

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Widely known for his work as a member of the collective, Date Farmers, Armando Lerma presents his first series as a solo artist at ACE Gallery, 5514 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, November 4, 2017 at 7 pm. Lerma’s work made under the Date Farmers name entails a diffusion of individual authorship, a circumstantial but pertinent anonymity that evoked the nameless throng of farm workers who harvest and serve the food we eat. Beneath its overt visuality, a cultural identity that remains hidden behind the lines of poverty and struggle, occupies his work. As a solo artist, Lerma develops many of the same themes, but with an underlying consciousness of a cosmic essence, a redemptive power that resides in the timelessness of spirit. While the world at large offers fleeting internet obsessions and political turmoil, Armando Lerma’s work offers a window to another dimension.

Reflections on routine social realities of place conceal an infinite reality. Underlying these works is a subtle and profound connection to nature, the stars, to a universe that transcends space and time. In the labyrinth of Neo-colonialist impositions of otherness, the artist finds himself in conflict by the mere fact of his situation. But he retains insight to an ancestral connection with the infinite amid the displacements of geography and social condition. In a world full of scandal and elitism, the consequence of poverty with its inherent absence of voice, bears a delicate, insightful, and enduring resilience that harks back to its indigenous ancestry for answers. Lerma’s glimpse into our own American experience does not shy away from recognizing the corruption of our inception and its terrible impact on the present.

1975 Born in Lima, Peru, British Citizen, Raised in United States and Spain Lives and works in Beacon, NY

EDUCATION 1998 Florida State University at Tallahassee, B.F.A. in Fine Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, New York 2015 MARC STRAUS, New York, New York 2013 Breakdown, Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon, New York Soft Pioneers, Krause Gallery, New York, New York 2011 A Nice Reflection, Krause Gallery, New York, New York Mildred I. Washington Gallery, Dutchess CC, Poughkeepsie, New York In the Alltogether, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, New York 2010 Nature is Boring, Mauger Modern Art. London, United Kingdom Random Mutations That Work, Artbreak Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 2009 New Works, Krause Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 2008 Superluminous, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts New Works, Krause Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 2007 Mettle, Mack B Gallery, Sarasota, Florida 2006 Sculptures in Gypsum and Bronze, Karin Sanders Fine Art, Sag Harbor, New York Covalence, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, New York 2003 Unipolarity, Coulter Young Gallery, Peekskill, New York 2002 Recent Works, Anita Hart Balter Gallery, Garrison, New York Defragmentation, Coulter Young Gallery, Peekskill, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016 MARC STRAUS, Expo Chicago, Chicago 2015 MARC STRAUS, Art Hong Kong, MARC STRAUS, Art Stage Singapore, 2014 MARC STRAUS, Expo Chicago, Chicago Illinois Sharks!, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania Oneself As Another, Royal Academy West, Bristol, United Kingdom Kavachnina Gallery, Art Context, Miami Florida 2013 Kavachnina Gallery, PULSE NY, New York, New York Emerging to Established, Krause Gallery, New York, New York Power of Place, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York 2012 Regroup, Krause Gallery, New York, New York Kavachnina Gallery, Art Miami Context, Miami, Florida Corpo/Etherial, Patrajdas Contemporary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Patrajdas Contemporary, Art MRKT Hamptons, Bridgehampton, New York Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, California Sculpture On & Off The Wall, Arts Westchester, White Plains, New York Panorama, Galerie Rauchfeld, Paris, France The Wall Show, Sculpturesite, Sonoma, California Krause Gallery, Scope Art Fair, New York, New York Artbitch, Calix Gustav Gallery, Miami, Florida Material Matrix, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida Year of the Chimera 6.2, Glass Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, California 2010 Albany Center Gallery, Albany, New York 2010 Group Exhibition Part 1, David B Smith Gallery, Denver, Colorado Miami International Art Fair, Next Generation, Miami, Florida 2009 Wolfe Contemporary, Scope Art Fair, Miami, Florida There’s Still Life in Miami, Mauger Modern, Scope Art Fair, Miami, Florida There’s Still Life in London, Mauger Modern, Art London, United Kingdom Wolfe Contemporary, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, California Group Exhibition Part 1, David B Smith Gallery, Denver, Colorado Mauger Modern, Scope Art Fair, Miami, Florida 2008 Wolfe Contemporary, Aqua Wynwood, Miami, Florida Turner Carroll Gallery, Art Now, Miami, Florida Mauger Modern, Bath, United Kingdom Mauger Modern, Art London Fair, London, United Kingdom Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, New York. Hudson Valley Invitational Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill Project 2008, Peekskill, New York New Works Group Show, ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia Summer Group Show, Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco, California Krause Gallery, AAF NYC, New York, New York ADA Gallery, Scope/Basel, Switzerland Villa Del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain Turner Carroll Gallery, Red Dot Fair, New York, New York 2007 Lanoue Fine Art. Art Now Fair. Miami, Florida Van Brunt Gallery, Bridge Art Fair, Miami, Florida Forja Arte, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York Deep Roots, United Nations, New York, New York Recent Works, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, New York Deep Roots, Peruvian Consulate, New York, New York Hispanic Heritage Month, PepsiCo World Headquarters, Purchase, New York Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts 2003 Sculpture in the Park, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, New York David Findlay Gallery, New York, New York Analog/Digital, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, New York 2002 Earthtones, Sculptor and Curator, University Settlement, Beacon, New York 1998 BFA Graduation Exhibition, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts,Tallahassee, Florida 1997 Bang! The Gun as Image, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida