[My Business is Circumference], a solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-based Venezuelan artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina, will be on view at Kruger Gallery Chicago, 3709 North Southport Avenue, from May 15 – June 27, 2015.
Molina employs trompe-l’oeil to develop fanciful perspectives, architectural passages, and curious environments as she conceptually considers the plurality of female identity. Specifically, she reflects on both, Venezuelan and US cultures to question notions of womaness, and to further understand not only the complexities of interpersonal relations, but the effects culture and society provoke on one’s relation to oneself and to reality.
Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s 1982 letter to T.W. Higginson, Molina considers each painting to be a part of a larger narrative that delves deep into personal and universal interpretations of the female experience. By further exploring the traditions of female writing in English, she has transformed some of her favorite literary works into visual paraphrases, likening individual artworks to stories, poems, essays and letters. The objects and figures—the patterns within—and the structure of her paintings embrace the “hidden” to juxtapose outward appearances with a psychological awareness. While Molina’s painted surfaces are complex and sometimes obscure, they possess amusing qualities that makes them even humorous. According to gallery director, Mikelle Kruger, “Molina’s paintings are accessible, personal, sophisticated and vulnerable engaging a viewer in an intimate way much like one is engaged when curled up with a good book.”
According to prominent Chicago art collector, Larry Levy, speaking at an Art Institute panel on serious art collecting, “It is fun and interesting to discover a brilliant, emerging, affordable artist like Jeffly Gabriela Molina. We own more of her wonderful paintings and sculptures than any other artist.
There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, May 15 from 6 PM – 9 PM.