Buttered-Up Falcon

Rich, creamy, and sinfully saturated. Yes, you can describe butter this way, and it's also a good description of the Butter Gallery in Wynwood. Edgy and dedicated gallery director Francisco “Paco” De La Torre presents Miami-based artist Rick Falcon's second solo exhibition, “Living to Die, Dying to Live.” He pours genuine technical skill and drawing precision into his caricature-like figures and witty commentary on religious imagery in the modern world.
Why does he stand out from conceptual tinkerers who throw some shiny disks and a bundle of straw onto a pillar? Because he gives a damn, that's why. “My art does reveal some classical ideas, and I am drawing a little bit from master artists like Van Dyck and Michelangelo,” Falcon says. “But so much of it is my own story and my own personal struggles and thoughts.” Let's not hate on those conceptual folks quite so badly, though. Falcon has also delved into a bit of mind-bending sculpture and will likely become more emboldened as his visibility grows. “Living to Die, Dying to Live” runs through November 6. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 305-303-6254 or visit buttergallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 9. Continues through Nov. 6, 2010


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