Peters Projects of Santa Fe is proud to announce INNER VISION: Self-Portraits by 9 Artists 1925-2017, a curated exhibition by Gallery Director Mark Del Vecchio. Selected are works that date from 1925 to 2017 and show an evolution in understanding self-portraiture without ever losing sight of the “model at hand,” the artists themselves.
“Self Portrait” as defined in the dictionary is “a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist. Self-portraits often depict a figure gazing in the direction of the artist.” This is a simple definition, it certainly plays into contemporary “selfie” life, but there is much more to replicating yourself by hand. To document yourself is one thing, but to truly enter your subject’s inner self is something different, to see what is outside but to also see what is inside.
The artists selected for this exhibition cover several ranges of processes (painting, photography, print, and mixed media). The paintings by Jozef Bakos (1891-1977) and Willard Nash (1893-1942) set the exhibition in motion. Both artists were working in the early 20th century with a full history of classical self-portraiture. Dark and often moody, their studies of themselves with intense eyes staring at the viewer (or is it the artist?) look out and demand attention. Bakos has 3 evolutionary portraits in the exhibition showing an aging artist seeing right through to his inner core.
Carole Feuerman works with mixed media materials and creates three-dimensional sculptures. Titled “Self-Portrait Artist,” Feuerman pushes the viewer to see not only what the artist sees in herself but the gesture of the figure shows how the artist achieves her work with an expression of deep intensity. Kent Monkman, with his series of 5 images titled “Fate is a Cruel Mistress,” one each for a significant cruel mistress of historical note (Jezebel, Delilah, Salome) show him in his Miss Chief persona, cutting off the hair of Samson or seated with the head of John the Baptist.
Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde has always taken an unromantic stance in representing herself in her paintings and sculptures. Digging into her age and the gravity of life, Velarde shows a “real” woman in her versions of “Venus” and “Las Tentaciones de Santa Rosita,” in which you have the central figure “Santa Rosita/Velarde” surrounded by 4 snakes, each with a self-portrait of the artist. Angela Fraleigh’s powerful and massive self-portrait paintings have an erotic sensation with a seductive “wet” look that takes the viewer aback. The amazing painter Daniel Sprick has used his distinctive passion for seamless painting while delving into his physical self with every line and hair speaking of his lifetime.
Will Wilson has used self-portraiture in nearly all of his works. The piece in the exhibition AIR (Autoimmune Response) #1 allows the viewer to not only see the artist in ultra-clear detail but what the artist is seeing showing his passionate and sensitive representation of land and man. Ian Ingram, the newest artist to join the gallery, has taken his self-portraiture to a new height by actually delving deep into his own psyche but keeping the essence of the “self-portrait” in a recognizable format.
The exhibition will be on view March 23 through May 25, 2018, with an opening reception on Friday, March 23 from 5-7pm.
For inquiries, please contact Mark Del Vecchio, Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505)-954-5748