RECLAIMED, REIMAGINED Curated by David Rios Ferreira
Featuring: Kelly Chuning, Maya Ciarrocchi, Vanezza Cruz, Francisco Donoso, Alexis Duque, Fei Li, Maria Liebana, Dionis Ortiz, Deja Patterson, Brad Silk, Jill Slaymaker, Joey Solomon, Luis Vasquez La Roche
Opening Reception: Thurs, Nov. 12, 6-9pm
Dates: November 12 - December 12 2020
Regular Hours: Thurs-Sat, 12-6 pm
The work found in Reclaimed, Reimagined speaks to the urgent issues unfolding in the United States today. Our rights are challenged by an uncertain political future. Women’s rights and those of the LGBTQIA community are threatened by the reconfiguration of the Supreme Court. And despite all of these challenges, the battle to recognize that Black lives truly matter continues. Many artists in this exhibition remind us of the need to reclaim one’s position in the socio-political landscape. Concurrently the pandemic forced us to reimagine both our interior and exterior relationships to space and how to navigate environments in new ways.
Many of the artists in Reclaimed, Reimagined use the body as a tool for demonstrating power, history and beauty while others reimagine bodies as a platform for political discourse and as a space where identity structures are redefined. Other artists look at the spaces they inhabit—drawing from elements of building construction like blueprints, raw materials and diagrams. Utilizing abstraction and symbolism, these artists explore issues such as equity and immigration, while others develop dream-like environments—brand new spaces we may escape to in order to find solis from this current tumultuous time.