On Thursday, October 6th 2011, Collage Gallery, Coral Gables in collaboration with Sandra Montenegro Contemporary Art will present the opening exhibition of “A Rose is not Just a Rose” by Buenos Aires-based artist, Adriana Cora.
In this exhibition, Cora is bringing an understanding with a suggestive insight into the violence against women.
The petal of the roses, soft and fragrant, can also imply the pain of the thorn that hurts. With plush, vivacious colors, Cora’s work continually confronts beauty and identity in contemporary life using the female figure as her primary motif repeating and manipulating this form in order to rethink and reinterpret beauty’s influence on identity.
“Identity is based on the sum of collective foreign values, and paradoxically the interaction of these factors leads into introspection and dialogue,” said Cora.
Art critic Joyce Asper says that “Cora uses color in its pure and unadulterated state with brazen reds which challenge brash B&W in a seductive and patterned composition,” and art critic Lee Eagle states that Cora’s roses and nude figures “eventually become pictorial elements rather than figurative subjects in combinations of lines and forms which stand in stark contrast to one another.”
A self-taught artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cora uses very contemporary techniques to create juxtapositions of media, form and color that have an almost gothic quality to them.
Miami Art Gallery & Museum Examiner briefly asked Cora about her motivation to work with the rose and if it was inspired by any personal issue.
“The inspiration came while I was doing a workshop about oeuvre analysis discussing my work when I discovered that the red rose has been used as an icon associated with love, passion and feminine conquest so having many prejudices about using it aesthetically, I reinterpreted it in my works as something that traps, wraps, hurts or silence,” said Cora.
Regarding her technique, Cora said that she uses a mixed media in a process that begins taking the photograph, intervening them digitally using real women, sometimes models and sometimes herself in the images.
“Then, the second part of the process entails designing the frames of the roses which are freehand drawings that I scan and finish them digitally; this process allows me to use the sketches for printing in canvas adding textures, acrylic and colors,” she added.
Thursday, October 6th 2011 from 6 to 10PM
Exhibition runs through November 4th
Collage Gallery 154 Almeria Avenue, Coral Gables FL 33134