HowardScottGallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of recent paintings and objects "Stones and Flowers" by the Mexico City based artist Perla Krauze.
Perla Krauze's paintings and objects are in the realm of the emotional and rational, the real and the artificial. Her cast resin stones suspended from grid seem to escape gravity and emanate an incredible peacefulness.
The artificial stones in various heights and colors on open steel tower transmit the feeling of equilibrium. In the paintings we see traces, scratches and at the same time the layers underneath shine through, so that nothing is hidden.
Her principal concerns as an artist involve time and memory - the effect which the passage of time has upon natural material and upon man-made objects, including works of art, as well as the effect of time upon the memory of what one has seen and experienced. Integral to this ongoing investigation is the exploration and use of dualities, dichotomies, and opposites. "I work with the contrast between, or coexistence of, the rational and the intuitive-between the permanent and the ephemeral-the naturaland the artificial-andthe physical and the spiritual."
In her paintings, she places emphasis on the physical nature of her materials and on revealing the actual process of making the painting. For example,nails and staples-occasionally even a section of the wood stretcher-remain visible, to become part of the visual language of the work.
Ms Krauze received a Master in Fine Arts degree in 1993 from ChelseaCollege of Art in London, following studies at Goldsmith's College of London University and at the National University (ENAP) in Mexico City. She has been exhibiting her work publicly since 1983 and has had solo exhibitions at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City and at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Oaxaca.
In the United States she has exhibited in Santa Fe, New Mexico, HoustonTexas and Los Angeles, California.
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