In The Extension space, Wedge Gallery is proud to present “Live Again,” a solo Exhibition by Angela Lopez. The Extension is an additional exhibition/ Doing/Thinking residency space at the newly renovated gallery, located two doors east of Wedge at 1442 W. Howard St.
Acceptance is a separating, a loosening, a letting go. It is peeling layers of sand and dirt,
and sketching out the unknown sparkling spaces of infinite depth and infinitesimal growth.
Angela Lopez’s watercolor paintings, animations and sculptures investigate the familiar and the unknown aspects of embodiment. Her work gives tangible form to the primal animal instincts, deep rooted desires, and crystalline fears that drive human behavior. Lopez subverts traditional media, rendering it sweetly uncanny. Her images, forms, and surfaces highlight a gesture or limb in isolation; like a natural science specimen, frozen in a moment of metamorphosis. In Lopez’s work, our bodies and humanity are presented as unknowable, yet inescapable forces in our lives.
Using a variety of materials, including clay, wax, and crystals, the sculptures, paintings and drawings in Live Again depict the body in metamorphic and sometimes magical states of growth and decay. A series of paintings and drawings repeatedly attempt to uncover our physical and psychological relationship to the body and death. Sculptural artifacts are paired with unearthed appendages and prosthetics that appear to be existing between various states of life. The works oscillate between acceptance and rejection of loss and decay.
Lopez has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions across the Midwest including at Charlotte Street Foundation (KS), Indiana University Northwest, and Demo Projects (IL). In addition she has participated in many group exhibitions, including the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art (MO), Hyde Park Art Center (IL), and Randy Alexander Gallery (IL). She was recently awarded an alumni grant from the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and received a full scholarship to participate in the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from Northwestern University. She is also co-founder of Extended Practice, an event series created to support the work and needs of artists who are mothers.