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January 31 - March 8, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 31, 5 - 7 p.m.
Juan Carlos Llera
Seven Words + Slavery
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 12:30 - 3:30 and Friday - Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00
Constance Mauro of Rochester, and has traveled extensively in Europe studying printmaking and working with leaders in the field, particularly in monoprint her primary medium. Mauro’s work is generally characterized as abstract, however in her new encaustic works she has endeavored to insinuate recognizable forms, such as eyeglasses, clothing and textual mark making that alludes to the handwritten letter, which, in 2014 is an anomaly itself. Mauro’s use of color is soft, translucent and harbors barely visible human forms as if the figures are ghosts, or memories of people from her past. These new works, monoprint and encaustic paintings, reminds the viewer of summer.
Juan Carlos Llera thinks deeply about the state of humanity. Through the two series of works "Slavery " & "Seven Words" there is no doubt that Llera sees we're all on the wrong track, the "most traveled" by. "Slavery" consists of 21 pieces and details, according to Llera, the various and numerous obessive traps to which humanity has adhered itself to. Believing the most fleeting of senstae experiences, the most superficial contrivances, and material goods we must have, are, or may well usher the downfall of all. In his very eloquent artist statement for a previous exhibit Paradoxes, Llera details contemporary anxiety as the result of a loss of moral and ethichal being. The question is, when faced with the image, the visualization of those obessions what will one resolve?
His series "Seven Words" offers redemption through resgtting Christ's final words to God, and relating those words to recent historical events. Linking the stock market crash of 2008 to "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" was surely a phrase if not said was certainly thought by many people, rich, working class and poor during that year. The digitally constructed works linked to the Seve Words provides a contempraneousness that renews and updates their importance.
The two artists are essentially the antithesis of the other, one foreboding, the other almost etheral, in their approaches to their work.