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Open this weekend April 11 and 12, 2015 from noon to 4 pm.
Closing on April 20, 2015 (extended)
Art Review: Memoria Violenta
By Amanda Ladymon
Three artists with three distinctive and different backgrounds have each shared their voice in Memoria Violenta, an exhibition on display at Friday Cottage. Curated and owned by Alejandro García-Lemos, the works address the many personal and universal truths of violence and memory. Artists include Michaela Pilar-Brown of Columbia, SC, Diana Farfán of Greenville, SC and Eliana Pérez of New York, NY. The exhibition is on display from March 26- April 20, 2015.
Working from various levels of representation, each of these women artists show a strong and unique point of view as women of Latina heritage. A noticeably striking aspect about all of their works was that none of the pieces actually show any acts of violence. They do however all seem to question or seek to define that surreal sense of isolation and pain.
Local art star Michaela Pilar-Brown, known for her socially charged and sometimes controversial works, is dealing with a similar repeating motif in her collaged works titled “Creation Stories” on paper. Utilizing self-portraiture, family photographs, and various forms of South Carolinian symbolism, Pilar-Brown portrays a strong woman enduring the many trials and tribulations of her identity as a mixed heritage African-American living in the Deep South. There is a humorous almost Monty Pythonesque feeling to the compositions, but on the surface only. Below that is a more raw, intense, and emotional world to be explored. Pilar-Brown also created a sculptural installation in the middle of the gallery space, portraying miniature dark houses draped with wilting fresh flowers.
In the central area of the gallery, ceramic artist Diana Farfán has three small-scale works from a series titled “Puppet Show”. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, South America, Farfán is an alumnus of USC Columbia. She is considered one of the most innovative voices of ceramic sculptural arts in South Carolina today. A master of her craft, Farfán creates surreal marionette inspired works that appeal to our inner child while also speaking to a very socio/political grown up sensibility. Utilizing a circus performer theme on a miniature theatrical stage, Farfán’s colorful mixed media sculptures are layered with autobiographical content.
New York based artist Eliana Pérez’s work is located in the adjacent room from the main gallery area. The series titled “Hunted” consists of small framed gouache paintings on paper. Pulling a few select items from García-Lemos’s home, Pérez creates a sense of home to the space amongst her works. A chandelier hovering just above a chair, a few decorative items on the hearth set the domestic tone to which the viewer approaches her work. The illustrative yet simple paintings depict common household items and animals, such as a sofa or an elaborate blanket with a lion on it thrown over a simple chair. A deer head strangely positioned on top of a side table on a plane white background evokes a sense of discomfort in its banality.
This is one of the best exhibitions I’ve seen in Columbia this year and I strongly encourage seeing it. The works are fresh and powerful in their ability to each shed a different light on issues of violence and how that shapes our identity. The gallery does not have official hours and is by appointment only. García-Lemos is frequently home and available to open the gallery doors if you call in advance. Friday Cottage is located at 1830 Henderson Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
This exhibition was created in association with the Department of Spanish and Portages at the University of South Carolina. Earlier this year, the department held a conference on the intersections of violence and memory in the Hispanic and Brazilian world. García-Lemos saw an opportunity for a partnership between the scholarly program and art.