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Connections: Rose Masterpol I Alberto Galvez I James Tyler
September 23, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The multi-media exhibition presents abstract and figurative paintings by Rose Masterpol and Alberto Galvez, respectively, alongside James Tyler’s “Brickhead” ceramic sculptures. Each artist’s work is rooted in human connection and commonality, celebrating our universal nature and bridging cross-cultural divides.
Rose Masterpol features new paintings from her Geometrix Series, which emphasizes architectural forms that dynamically interact in space. While her painting style draws from the formal language and optimistic spirit of 20th century modernism, the driving concept behind her imagery is human connection. When composing a painting, the artist views her abstract shapes as if they were sentient beings – connecting, overlapping, and entangling until coming to an intertwined understanding. In response to our harsh and divisive world, Masterpol is “intuitively formulating abstract compositions in which harmony and energy manifest.”Contemporary Spanish painter Alberto Gálvez presents new pieces from his series, Another Natural History, depicting large-scale female faces intertwined with herbarium backgrounds from the 18th and 19th centuries. Each painting has a unique narrative and historic reference; however, the faces are not derivative of any specific person or model. For this reason, Galvez doesn’t consider his work to be portraiture, but instead refers to his figures as abstract and investigative representations of human nature, as well as expressions of timeless beauty.
James Tyler presents his iconic Brickhead installations featuring stylized ceramic faces that have a unique yet universal nature. Their colossal scale and abstract presentation gives the sculptures a mythical and androgynous presence, with facial features that blend pre-Columbian, South American, Native American, Asian, African and Western heritages. With his work, Tyler chooses “to represent all of humanity, the here and now that exists outside of cultural considerations.”