ONE, San Diego

ONE, San Diego
August 24, 2023 João Louro

The Quint Gallery in San Diego, California, presents Blind Image #63 in the programming of its satellite exhibition space, ONE.

ONE is designed to experience a single, monumental work at a time. The original space in La Jolla opened in July 2020 amid the rise of the global pandemic, situated as an appointment-only opportunity to spend time alone with art when everything else was shut down. In 2021, ONE re-opened in the Bread & Salt Arts Building in Logan Heights, SD, and presents monthly, rotating exhibitions in the former bread factory.

The text in Blind Image #63 refers to the halfway point of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955), where the protagonist Humbert Humbert expounds on the merits of the conventional motel which, plot aside, may invoke the cinematic aura of 1950s Americana in our collective imagination. The original plot, portraying a man’s obsessive desire and kidnapping of his 12 year-old stepdaughter, has itself been reproduced and interpreted in film twice, as well as in operas, ballets, and musicals. In manners of looking at art, the act of searching for reason or explanation behind an image often becomes the first step in an order of operations. Louro, knowing the impulse to seek truth and meaning, inverts this process by providing an allusion but no image. 


Blind Image #632003
Acrylic and canvas on plexiglass
79 x 79 x 3 in
200.7 x 200.7 x 7.6 cm

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