Aug 5, 2021
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Aug 29, 2021

Found and Unfound: Liz Liguori, Dove Hays, Samuel Molina-Wong, & Tora López

Curated by Jerelyn Huber

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Found and Unfound engages the rhythms of four New York-based artists who share a natural frequency.  New York-based curator Jerelyn Huber brings together a collection of sculptures, photographs, and paintings that focuses on a delicate summer atmosphere that is complex yet mellow and deeply tied to the natural elements. This collection of work confronts the abstract as landscape, motivated by the sentimental connections between people and our discoveries. Each artist's medium and distinctive approach aims to lull the viewer gently below the surface of what is tangible toward what is lost within.

Liz Liguori’s Electromagnetograms is a collection of photographic prints made without a camera, using a method that combines aspects of photography, lighting, and painting. By using photo chemicals and the refracted beam of a laser, each print records a moment of light moving through space. Liguori’s creations seem to take lightning directly from the sky and capture it within each frame, without losing any of its kinetic power.

An abstract composition of a light brown background and a dark cloud in the center, with grey shapes and lines radiating from the center to the edges
A black and white photograph with a diagonal line at the top and a line of white shapes going down to the bottom, with outlines of black lines and arches and a white diagonal line horizontally below the center
Liz Liguori

Dove Hays maintains a restricted palette of pastel pink that honors a more formalist approach and allows the color to become the content. The soft matte surfaces of her Moon sculptures feed into a gentle calm that fills the void of a late summer eerie day. Her work gathers together a subtle discovery from far off yet comforting and familiar.

A white background and a white pedestal with a pink and white abstract sculpture
Dove Hays, Moon

In his New York debut, Samuel Molina-Wong aims to embody the physical complexity of nature through manipulation of material and to initiate a confrontation with the intangibility of the natural world. Although two dimensional, his work distills an element of endlessness without fear or concern of earthly or artistic boundaries.

Many sheets of paper of different sizes are assembled together as one, with the top two-thirds of the piece painted dark purple with some strokes of red and pink, and the bottom third painted light pink with an orange circle in the bottom left corner.
Samuel Molina-Wong, Cleave
A long sheet of textured paper that is painted mostly light pink with a dot of black in the top left corner and a curved streak on the center right, painted dark purple and red at the bottom
Samuel Molina-Wong, Paper-Thin

Visual and performance artist Tora López brings to the altar a sculpture of organic and electric proportions that invigorates the conversation and strengthens the connection shared between her three fellow exhibitors, tying together each body of work, like a delicately chosen bundle of treasures. 

A white background and a bundle of sticks painted bright yellow and tied together
Tora López, Two Cheers for a Bundle of Sticks

The beauty of humanity is the ability to mentally and emotionally flex between the hard science and facts of universal physics and the soft, immense texture of the art we birth. This oscillation allows us to draw out deeper ontological meanings by using the artist as our point of equilibrium. Sculptural works such as Dove Hays’ Moon and Tora López’s Two Cheers for a Bundle of Sticks confront abstractions without divorcing them from the real world. The fresh voice of Samuel Molina-Wong echoes the pendulum swing of what is man-made and natural. The unique creations of lighting specialist and photographer Liz Liguori further explore this intersection of science and light with pieces like Four Stages Of Water that open us up to what is tangible versus what exists in the noetic space.  

The show is produced under the following program(s):

La MaMa Galleria

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Founded in 1984, La Galleria is a nonprofit gallery committed to nurturing experimentation in the visual arts. La Galleria encourages an active dialogue between new media, performance, the plastic and visual arts, curatorial projects, and educational initiatives. It serves the East Village community by offering diverse programming to an inter-generational audience, and expanding the parameters of a traditional gallery space. As a non-profit, La Galleria is able to provide artists and curators with unique exhibition opportunities that are largely out of reach in a commercial gallery setting.

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