Opening Monday, October 2nd, from 12PM - 2PM
On view through Friday, November 3rd
Magic Like Death
Arts & Science Gallery
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway, Gary IN, 46408
418 980 6891
Reception 10/5/17 12 – 2pm
Exhibition runs 10/02/17 – 11/03/17
Artists Statement: There might be magic. Like death, magic is hopeful and scary. A skull grows crystals and a prosthetic bruises. A small foot kicks and slides across the inside of a belly making a wave in the flesh. Sheep’s horns often grow back into their skull.
The body senses and interprets information beyond what the mind is conscious of. The body operates beyond our will and is affected internally by what happens externally and vice versa. As a result there is a lack of physical control over our own bodies. The works move between various states of metamorphosis, exploring the familiar and the unknown of embodiment. Between states of sensuality and conflict the works reveal the transformative experiences that exist between stages of life, health, and consciousness.
The most recent works are influenced by the idea of creating an artifact. These artifacts reveal a history, but also leave room for speculation and imagination. The works relate back to the body and our nature of trying to come to terms with what can’t be controlled and what is repressed. This visceral and empathetic connection is where the works become accessibly about the complexities of embodiment.
Angela Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Her watercolor paintings, videos and sculptures investigate the human condition through the corporeal, making works that reveal primal instincts, desires and fears. She uses traditionally tranquil mediums and techniques, such as watercolor painting, to create surfaces that are slippery, gooey, fleshy, and always in flux. They move between various states of metamorphosis, exploring the familiar and the unknown of embodiment.
She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions across the Midwest including at Charlotte Street Foundation (KS) and Demo Projects (IL). In addition she has taken part many group exhibitions, including the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art (MO), Hyde Park Art Center (IL), and Centro de Produccion y Edicion Grafica de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She was recently awarded an Individual Artist Program Cultural Grant from the city of Chicago, and received a full scholarship to participate in the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.