De Soto Gallery is pleased to announce “Act of Faith,” an exhibition of photographs by Brian Paumier on view from May 8 - June 22, 2014. The solo exhibition is Paumier’s first in Los Angeles. The artist will be present for an opening reception and book signing on Thursday, May 8 from 6pm to 8pm.
During a routine three truck convoy in Iraq in 2006, Brian Paumier and his troops were ambushed by an IED and came under heavy counter fire. In a moment of desperation, Paumier made a deal with the Virgin of Guadalupe, his adopted patron saint: “If you get me out of this, I will make you a manda for all your help. Por favor, Mi Lupita.” The culmination of this promise is Act of Faith.
Act of Faith is a solemn offering of gratitude recounted as an autobiographical homage to Paumier’s personal heroes. It pays tribute to his cross-cultural upbringing and a life filled with duality and contrasts. Paumier maps his eclectic heritage through portraits and still lifes, drawing freely from his memories of influential family and friends, his ties to Mexican culture and traditions, his experience as a soldier, and his life as an artist with his long-term partner, Joaquin Trujillo.
The images in Act of Faith are repeated ritualistically, like icons, commemorating Paumier’s childhood idols and pivotal life events. They appear in a multiplicity of forms – as traditional prints, handmade books, in video, and as unique “cuadros,” assemblages adorned with stickers, glitter, spray paint, and floral appliqués, mounted to panel and covered in a thick layer of varnish. Arranged in altar-like configurations, these installations chronicle one man’s quest for identity, masculinity, and equanimity.
A limited edition monograph, Act of Faith: A Soldier’s Manda, was produced in conjunction with this exhibition with the support of the International Center of Photography and the Adams Fund.
Brian Paumier (b. 1973, Oxnard, California) received his MFA from ICP/Bard and his BFA from Art Center College of Design. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Christopher Henry Gallery, as well with Carnegie Art Museum as TrujilloPaumier, his decade long artistic partnership with Joaquin Trujillo. His collaborative work with TrujilloPaumier has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Mexico, and France and is in the permanent collections of The Weisman Foundation and The William Benton Museum of Art.
Gallery hours are from Thursday thru Sunday, noon to 6pm, and by appointment. For visuals and additional information please contact: Shelley De Soto at email@example.com or 323-253-2255.