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She-Bop by Samara Umbral
January 13, 2017 - February 18, 2017
The works from Samara Umbral (’09 painting) are self-reflections, a sort of wishful nostalgia or fantasy of a memory that carries the weight of melancholy within its realism. There is an expectation one has when they see an exhibition of paintings in a gallery. Sights of grandeur and a literal stepping back to see the whole picture within a vast gallery space are common occurrences amongst spectators. Vast gallery space is more of an ironical decision in the case of the series She-Bop; the paintings require solitary intimacy and cannot be seen as a single exhibition experience one can absorb and discuss from a distance. It is through this intimate experience that the artist wants the viewer to study the image as if it were an old, tangible photograph or simply as the labored painting that she spent so much time creating.