Art@work Presents A New Exhibition Resonance Vanessa Madrid And Daniel Barajas
Art@Work's third rotation will include Long Beach artist Daniel Barajas and San Pedro artist Vanessa Madrid in a showcase of vibrant contemporary painting and sculpture entitled Resonance.
Vanessa Madrid who was taught by her grandfather to look for the spark of the sacred that is present in all living things, natural places and forces says, "I still look for this spark, the joyful presence in the world around me." Madrid's artwork is an attempt to visualize energetic resonance; the spark within people, places, objects, elemental forces of wind and tide, the animal and undersea world, the cosmos and the microscopic realm. She uses the language of abstraction and minimalism to visualize the flow of energy through and between people, places and the natural world. Madrid distills shapes down to an elemental state - part geometric, part biomorphic - until they reference both the macroscopic and microscopic worlds.
Daniel Barajas's work explores the fragility of man through moral vices, specifically narcissism and greed. With his large works, he paints the beauty and complexity of the figure emphasizing physical splendor (youthfulness and delicacy) while also highlighting the figures naïve and egotistical behavior via their poses. His figures are lost in a state of self-absorption, unaware of the viewer. They are painted volumetrically in contrast to the flat background, cast shadows and geometric shapes that move across the picture plane. With his small work, he breaks down the complexity of traditional portraiture with the use of monochromatic and highly de-saturated colors stripping away the identity of the figures by obstructing their faces with flat geometric shapes. This sumptuous color flows through the figures and backgrounds in all of his works magnifying the decadence of human vanity and avarice.
The Art@Work collaboration bridges two port hubs, Long Beach and San Pedro, through artistic representation. Co-Curated by AGCC and the Arts Council for Long Beach, each organization is given an opportunity to introduce an artist to a new audience. The gallery space at I.D.E.A., Precision Dynamics International provides a place for artists to create a dialogue through art and conversations.
The opening reception at Art@Work Resonance will take place on August 23rd from 6-8pm. 100 Oceangate, Suite 375 (street-level northwest corner) Long Beach, CA 90802. The exhibition will be open by appointment only or can be viewed from the walkway on the west side of the building.