September 25 – October 10, 2017
Reception: Thursday September 28, 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Gallery walkthrough with artist begins at 4PM
Sponsored by Grossmont College’s Student Success & Equity Fund and the Latin@ Alliance
Microcosmic and meticulously rendered, Marianela de la Hoz’s egg tempera paintings
and assemblages are intended to ensnare their viewers. Their diminutive size forces
the spectator to lean in and engage them as an unwitting voyeur, spying on seedy phantasms
fixed into surreal dreamscapes. “[They are] an intimate and sometimes terrifying mirror
in which I look at myself and you look at yourself, perhaps finding a personal connection
in that nearness.” Acutely aware of our current troubling times, Marianela uses this
absurdist, confrontational portraiture to delve into the different dualities which
influence human existentialism- good and evil, life and death, secularism and religion,
while focusing on themes of motherhood, education, societal roles, and the subjugation
of women in Mexican culture. Her version of magical realism has been termed “white
violence” for its subliminal use of satire, dark humor, and blood to explore both
human psychology and spiritual lucidity.
Marianela de la Hoz was born in Mexico City and currently resides in San Diego. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and universities across the United States and Mexico, and is part of private and public collections around the world.
Tiempos Complicados will run from September 25 until October 10 at Grossmont College’s Hyde Art Gallery. The Hyde Art Gallery will host an exhibition opening reception on Thursday, September 28 from 5 - 7 PM and a gallery walkthrough with the artist will begin at 4PM just prior to the reception. There will be refreshments and live music by Anthony Cutietta. Admission is always free and the public is encouraged to attend.