VAUGHAN MASON FINE ART
PATRICK MCGRATH MUÑIZ
Exhibition Opens December 1, 2018
Heidi Vaughan Fine Art is proud to open the exhibition Propaganda Perpetua, the latest project by Houston-based artist Patrick McGrath Muñiz, on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm, at the gallery, located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries. The exhibition runs through January 12, 2019.
Propaganda Perpetua considers and explores the hidden connections between American consumer culture, propaganda, and Spanish Colonial iconography. The works represented are a response to an indifference to the rising threat of consumerism and climate change. With roots tracing back to the time of Columbus, and adopting Renaissance painting techniques on canvas and retablos reminiscent of Spanish Colonial art, Patrick emulates earlier indoctrination strategies and devices from the time of the Conquest of the Americas, providing historical continuity between Colonial and Neo-Colonial narratives. Patrick’s works question the modernist creed of growth, progress, profit, and the presumed human dominion over nature. His paintings expose an embedded belief in consumerism and the disproportionate attention and faith placed on technology, corporations, and mass media.
Patrick McGrath Muñiz is a Houston-based artist from Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the Western hemisphere. After experiencing Hurricane Harvey first-hand in Houston, and witnessing Hurricane Maria passing over Puerto Rico, where most of his family and friends live, the issue of climate change has become very personal. By appropriating figures and icons present in Art History, Pop culture, Christian iconography, mythology, and Tarot, Patrick paints portraits and scenes that mirror his own experience living in a world of stronger storms, hurricanes, and floods, as well as alternative facts, climate change denial, and misinformation.
Patrick’s work can be found at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, in Mesa, Arizona, as well as in numerous private collections in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. His most recent exhibition, Tarot Novi Mundi, is currently on display through November 2018 at the Jung Center in Houston.
Patrick will have an artist talk to discuss his recent works of art on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 1 pm.
For more information please contact Heidi Vaughan at 832.875.6477 and at email@example.com.