Yoga is pleased to present Cadences That Remain, artist Daphne Arthur’s first one-person exhibition at the gallery. In a series of paintings and drawings, Arthur creates personal, psychological spaces for viewers to explore her unique expression.
While the visual results of Arthur’s efforts are recognizable images, they are arrived at through incremental and cumulative processes of layering, scraping away, and reconfiguring of complex abstract forms. These processes eventually cohere into succinct manifestations of line, color, and shape that underscore the passage of time and the gaining of insight along the way. The artist’s spiritual journey of self-discovery becomes a guiding hand to others to examine the articulation of human experience through “the poetics” of her art.
The title of the show, Cadences That Remain, the artist loosely references Andrés Eloy Blanco’s Sonet to Romulo Gallegos two titans of Venezuelan literature. Hovering between fact and fiction, her expressive, gestural works are dream-like reveries bridging a fractured past and complex present currently besieging Venezuela. In the dusky tones, magical realist landscapes revisit colliding histories presenting uncanny realms that forge alternative myths and narratives. Through Arthur’s skillful alchemy, trails of incandescent candles, slithering drips of colors, clusters of glitter and found materials blur the line between ephemera and permanence. Intuition and cognition. Illusion and reality. In this sense, a rich new historical record takes shape, one informed by the vicissitudes of fluid and unfixed collective memory.
Arthur received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2009, the same year she was the Al Held Affiliate Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. She exhibited at the 2011 Florence Biennale. During 2012-13, Arthur participated in group shows at The City College of New York; The Nathan Cummings Foundation (New York); Arena 1 (Santa Monica, CA); California African American Museum (Los Angeles), which acquired one of her large-scale drawings; and Land of Tomorrow (Louisville, KY).