Join us for the opening reception of Guinotte Wise "WISE OBJX" and in the Project Room Geneva Costa "Transfiguration". Stop in to see these great shows and meet the artists
Lois Lambert Gallery presents "WISE OBJX", a collection of sculptures from artist Guinotte Wise. For Wise the concept for each piece developes in the process and determines the composition of each sculpture. Aided by a certain design sense he has honed from year as an art director in advertising. Working from his sizable junkyard, often an oddly bent rail or a rusty transmission part beckons and helps a piece on the way. In the case of representational work, the materials work in tandem with the source of inspiration during the creative process.
Much of the process is also guided by the ability to combine elements in only certain ways. Guinotte explains, "If I can't weld it I bolt it. If I can't bolt it, I "trap" it somehow, as in the use of glass or other difficult materials that find their way into the pieces. Mainly I use a welder, grinder and a plasma cutter. Sometime an eight pound maul hammer, or I shape things by running over them with my truck."
Lois Lambert Gallery Presents “Transfiguration”, a series of oil painting from Geneva Costa.
Costa’s works are focused on censorship and identity in relation to her own experiences and to the larger plight of women in society. While personal narratives propel the creation of each piece, they are allegorical in imagery and symbolism to allow the audience to interpret and experience each piece on their own terms.
Geneva utilizes oil paint and traditional painting techniques to underscore the biased representations of women in an historical context with special attention to the treatment of the female form throughout art history. In each work, Costa blends the autobiographical with current political and religious themes to parallel the historic narratives commonplace in classic oil portraiture.
In this series, Geneva uses obfuscation of the female face as commentary on imposed identity and the censorship of thought. For instance, the painting Divest is painted in a manner that identifies the subject matter as a woman, yet the face, her most identifying feature, has been censored as a commentary on current political events, societal views of the female, and religion’s role in the depiction of women.