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For Immediate Release June 12, 2009
MODERN(O), THIS JULY AT MARION MEYER CONTEMPORARY ART
Exhibition: July 2 – August 2, 2009, Artist Reception: July 2, 6-9 pm
This summer, when temperatures rise in Laguna Beach the sun and bikini clad bodies won’t be the only culprits. The heat will be coming from a cutting edge show of work from Latin America and Spain that will be on display for a limited time at Marion Meyer Contemporary Art. The artists featured - Quim Bové, Ronald Morán, Mayra Barraza and Luis Cornejo have not only been shown and collected in galleries across the globe, their work also represents the backbone of contemporary art from their respective regions, as evidenced by their countless museum and public art exhibitions.
Bové delves into the mysteries of the universe and the cyclical nature of human existence using color and exuberant abstraction. Morán addresses the silence of aggression by wrapping entire rooms, objects, and paintings in dense layers of white cotton whose benign appearance belies their true nature. His installations at the Venice Biennale of 2007 launched him to international fame and recognition. Barraza, whose work was recently given top honors in the Museum Of Latin American Art Awards, explores the realms of power - both personal and public, giving voice to the aftermath of war in a visual language so beautiful and poignant it transcends into the very private, existential questions that face humanity. With sold-out shows in 2007 and 2008, Cornejo continues to shock and delight as he challenges society’s devotion to outer beauty by creating a pop mix of textures - hyper realistic fashion models with playful proportions and luminous faces combined with two dimensional Disney like cartoon elements. On sabbatical for a year in Germany, the paintings to be exhibited represent the only available work of his in existence.
Following a decade long tradition of bringing internationally renowned artists to Laguna Beach, it is no surprise that this show is at Marion Meyer Contemporary Art. You might be surprised, however, to find the MMCA has thrown in a twist by bringing in visiting Latin American curator, Carla Tesak of saltfineart. The show will be open from June 20 - Aug 2 with an artist reception on July 2 from 6 - 9 pm, coinciding with the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk.
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