Joy Laville, Chuck & George, And Flor Garduño

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Joy Laville, Chuck & George, And Flor Garduño

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Joy Laville: The First Fifty Years Curated by Salomon Grimberg Large Gallery Award-winning Mexican artist Joy Laville presents a retrospective exhibition of her works over the past five decades by marking her first in Dallas in more than 30 years. During the 1980s, Laville’s four exhibitions in Dallas attracted many collectors who have treasured her work and can now see the evolution of her painting over five decades. A new generation can discover this singular artist, whose painting, they will observe, is like a river: always the same, always different. This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Mexico Institute in Dallas. Chuck and George: Magnetron Parfait…Beware! Square Gallery Chuck & George present an immersive installation channeling a bit of 1970’s kitsch. Consistent with their reputation for whimsy, a pyramid of Low-Tech pop art microwaves containing various items such as a turducken gravy boat, sweet piglet pussy pie, and melting parfaits of flattery, create a fantastical tower of lights, sounds and motion. Over-sized tacky wallpaper, grotesquely huge linoleum tiles and an insanely large electric cord plugged into a gigantic wall socket add to the comic and disturbing environment. Flor Garduño: Trilogy Courtesy of Patricia Conde Gallery, Mexico City Garduño will exhibit selected works from her photographic publications, including Trilogy. Trilogy is a collection of the works Garduño realized throughout many years of photography in Mexico and Europe. Her great and magnificent visual production develops through a "dance" in three movements. The overture is Bestiarium, in which real and fictional images of enchanted animals come to life as metaphors of our dreams and passions. Then we have Fantastic Women, a celebration of the feminine universe and of the mystery and sensuality that spring from the female body. The dance ends with Silent Natures, where Garduño contemplates wilderness because, quoting the photographer herself, "Whenever I think of Silent Natures, I must confess that I created these photographs for myself, to maintain my playful spirit throughout all these years.” Garduño was born in Mexico City in 1957. When she was five years old, her family moved to a hacienda 25 km from the capital city where she lived in close contact with animals and nature. She studied visual arts at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos (UNAM) from 1976 to 1978 where she focused on the search for structural aspects of form and space. While there, Garduño studied with Hungarian émigré photographer, Kati Horna, who had escaped from Europe during World War II. Horna’s work, which focused on the effects of World War II on women and children, blended both straight and surrealist photography, and had a profound influence on Garduño. Garduño lives in Tepoztlan, Mexico and is represented by Patricia Conde Gallería in Mexico City. The artist will be at the opening reception along with gallery director Patricia Conde.

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