Gallery 308 invites you to the May 5th opening of a new exhibit by Alfredo Marin-Carle, a retrospective look at his work from the past 25 years. Meet the artist and enjoy free refreshments at a reception that begins at 5 p.m.
Alfredo A. Marin-Carle was born in New York City, and moved to Puerto Rico as a young boy. He studied art at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas and Universidad InterAmericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before coming to the U.S. to earn a B.F.A. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, followed by an M.F.A. from Notre Dame. Marin-Carle has been a graphic designer and a fine artist for over 35 years. His work has been exhibited in numerous one-man and collective shows, receiving awards and recognition. Marin-Carle’s fine art work may be found in both private and public collections throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.
In addition to his work as an artist, Marin-Carle teaches graphic design, advertising design and publications design as a Professor of Journalism Graphics at Ball State University.
Marin-Carle’s current work is a reflection of his search for equanimity and inner peace, highly influenced by his visits to the La Cloche Mountains. The natural beauty and serenity that the area exudes is a great source of inspiration for this work. The essence of the natural aesthetics of the region is portrayed in mostly abstract form, speaking to the consciousness of our being rather than simple visual observation.
Marin-Carle merges the use of typographical icons as abstract imagery to create art pieces that reflect both disciplines. The purpose of using improvised abstract characters is to present non-representational imagery to the viewer as a meditative source. The calligraphic symbols are forms without form meaning. They are meant to point to a thoughtless presence. These series of paintings represent experimentation with typography at its historical/primitive roots.
Researching ancient Greek Byzantine manuscripts, Aztec codices and Buddhist canons have inspired Marin-Carle to create art that combines improvised abstract characters with icons that resemble ancient documents. When executing this work he is immersed in a thoughtless state of presence, separating from what he is doing as if he were the observer. The intention is to share this state of mind with the viewer, presenting calligraphic images that have no linguistic meaning in order to invoke meditative observation. (For more, see: