GoggleWorks Center for the Arts welcomes Tarik Mendes and his amazing collection of artwork. Tarik Mendes (°1992, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) creates paintings, drawings and sculptures. By emphasizing aesthetics, Mendes seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the good and the ugly of daily life. His works are notable for their textured finish and colorful nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By applying abstraction, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality. His works doesn’t always reference recognizable forms. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Tarik Mendes currently lives and works in New York City.

“I often project my feelings to explore self-awareness and personal spirituality. The process of making and contemplating allows me to present artwork that tells a store. My artwork look as if they have experience a troubled past, telling a story through the materials used. The work is a place I reflect and where I like to share it with others. My artwork is a process of creating everything from scratch, from paintings to sculpture and more. Often the creative process is often repeated over and over to carve out and create a quiet introspection where I work tirelessly with my hands while my mind wanders off in meditation. The choice to create with multi mediums materials, from normal paints to construction materials like sand, adhesive helps to create a unique piece with multiple colors and textures. This helps to explore the relationships between the work and the materials used to create the work.”