FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aimée García: La Rueca
March 2 through 31, 2002
Opening reception, Saturday, March 2, 6-8pm
Robert Berman Gallery, D-5 Projects
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, D-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 315.9506, Fax: (310) 315-9688
Web site: robertbermangallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am to 6pm
A critic once likened the work of Aimée García to perverse Dutch painting which has borrowed from counter-reformist mythology. Referencing distinct art historical periods and styles such as the Renaissance, García incorporates self-portraiture into her paintings. This, in turn, acts as a bridge between her femininity and more traditional or generic representations of femininity.
Her surreal images are at once troubled and tranquil. The piece Tocado (Hairdo) is a great illustration of how García twists common themes to express her own ideas or purvey her personal experiences. Painted in the flavor of traditional portraiture is a profile view of the artists head with a bouffant that is held up with a common kitchen knife. Tocado and her other work have incorporated organic materials such as hair and lead as well as other vernacular objects such as dolls, axes and knives. The marriage between the allegories in the paintings and the materials forms the symbolism that is both highly personal and simultaneously highly universal. These works question the relationship between reality and that which is represented; in doing so the artist attempts to break with the conventions and mythologies regarding women and their bodies.
Aimée García was born in Matanzas, Cuba. She has exhibited widely in Cuba as well as in an International arena, having participated as Artist-In-Residence at Art in General in New York and exhibiting at ARCO in Madrid, Spain. In addition, García has been included in numerous group exhibitions from Ecuador to Israel. This will be her second solo exhibition at the Robert Berman Gallery.
Please join us at a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 2, 2002 from 6 until 8pm. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm.
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