Please join Artspace111 as we welcome Layla Luna and Martha Elena for an Artist Discussion on Thursday, June 3 from 6-7 pm!
On May 13, 2021, Artspace111 introduced The Jane Series by Layla Luna to it's expansive gallery space. Through abstracted colorful geometric paintings, Luna uses the concept of pie charts and mud pies to address the over-analysis of our daily lives in the digital age. Luna compares the pie chart shape to the shape of the nostalgic childhood mud pie; a symbol of the simplicity of life, childhood freedom, and creating with abandon.
Through many facets in the work, Luna subtly hints at female artist empowerment. The Jane Series references her inherited middle name, Jane; a name she shares with her cousin, maternal grandmother, mother, and daughter. This name acts as a link between the stories of all the women in her family. Luna completes her work with titles referencing heroines from childhood stories shared by her family, thus transforming the series into an anthropomorphic work. Each of the paintings becomes an individual courageous “Jane.
On the same day, Artspace111 introduced Solo Solo, a new exhibition series focusing on rising Texas artists. As the recipient of the Top Prize in the 7th Annual Texas Juried exhibition, Martha Elena was awarded an opportunity to exhibit once again with Artspace111. In 2021, Artspace111 is excited to present a showcase of Martha Elena's intricate soft sculptures in the newly defined Solo Solo Exhibition series. Martha Elena is the inaugural artist in this showcase, which aims to provide solo show opportunities to rising Texas artists.
Martha Elena says this about her artwork: “The breadth of my work explores the idea of getting lost in translation. The work begins as a phrase that is converted using the Wingdings 3 font. The font does two things: One, it serves as a filter so that the viewer does not recognize the wording- only the form. It is the bridge between two sets of language and identities. I am torn in two. My native tongue is broken and limited while my English is still incomplete. Wingdings 3 helps me to create a new sense of self. One that only I can understand and manipulate. Two, it allows me to repeat motifs that can be designed and redesigned endlessly. I am interested in the visual representation of language. The content of the words influences the composition, color, and size of the work.”
Please join us in a night of Q and A's with these two exceptional artists at Artspace111 Thursday, June 3 from 6-7 pm.
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