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New Works by:
Loretta Gonzalez | Claudia Rivera | Emily Don Juan | Alice Lomas
May 26 – June 16, 2011
Kettle Art will feature Dallas artists Loretta Gonzalez, Claudia Rivera, Emily Donjuan and Alice Lomas with an upcoming exhibit titled “Dark & Lovely.” Meet and greet with the artists during a reception from 7-10 p.m. May 26, 2011. Admission is free and cocktails will be provided.
You can enjoy this work during Kettle’s open hours of 7-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday until June 16, 2011. For more info, or questions, please contact Erica Felicella at email@example.com.
Below is more information on each artist, in their own words.
Dallas Artist & Designer
My current series of work illustrates AMOUR in different settings using a dark, evil cupid and a bright, good cupid in a pop surreal style.
My dark cupid series of paintings are strongly influenced by Dark Romanticism and Vanitas, by illustrating lust, hate, evil, sacrifice, death and the emptiness and meaninglessness of earthly life, as well as excessive vanity. I frequently show the dark cupid heart breaker individual, failing in her attempts to make changes for the better good, and is prone to sin and self-destruction. The paintings are executed with my own twist of these influences to show the sinful pleasure, and the certainty of death and mystery.
My lovely good cupid paintings are the complete opposite. I illustrate her very bright, joyful, and peaceful with a little hummingbird pet to symbolize love, joy and beauty. Hummingbirds are always seeking the sweetest nectar, and should remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day. The paintings are executed by illustrating the good cupid with a hummingbird consciousness, to show the truth of inner beauty and life, like a delight wonderland of flowers.
The title of my current series is I LOVE YOU TO DEATH. I am compelled to bring light to the subject matter of infanticide. As a mother I found this subject matter difficult to work on. Every year, four hundred mothers kill their children, and it is becoming easier to be desensitized. I found myself writing the names of the children on the side of the paintings as a way to remind myself that these are real children. The titles of the paintings are in memory of the children murdered. I use the metaphor of the teddy bear as a universal symbol to represent the child and the children in this series represents the mothers committing the act of murder. The soft colors are meant to draw you in for a closer look, revealing the message of cute and cuddly but deadly.
Dallas Artist & Photographer
For my current series of work I took pictures with a camera phone and really liked what I saw in them. Some had a painterly quality, while others had a certain charisma. The pictures themselves were of very bad quality and could not make too much on their own, so I decided to make paintings out of them. I started by making small drawings from the pictures, and eventually the drawings took a life of their own.
One may ask, “Why camera phone pictures?” Well, with pictures taken with a camera phone, people tend to be more relaxed and show you what they are really like. The pictures are spontaneous, some dark, some silly, intimate, serious, everything one could possibly imagine. Most of my camera phone pictures are portraits and are taken during my everyday life. Each of the images I choose has a memory of a place I remember, time, and context in which the pictures were taken.
Camera phone pictures are very personal. When one takes a picture with a camera phone, its main purpose is to be seen in a tiny little screen of a phone, as wallpapers, or just to remember a particular moment in time. My work, whether a painting, drawing, or photograph, takes them out of that context and exposes them to the world.