Opening reception: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts
2401 W 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90057
The exhibition will be open from Jan 30th through Feb 28th
An exhibition by artists Janet Sternburg and Sabina Arias, two woman several generations apart one from Mexico, one from Los Angeles who met in San Miguel de Allende and became friends. This exhibition reflects on how both see Mexico, for one a birthplace, for the other a second home, for both artists an inspiration and a way of seeing. In this exhibition, their long-standing friendships create a visual dialogue: two women across cultures, two views of one culture.
A retrospective of large scale photographs by Sternburg taken in Mexico between 1999 and 2003 in Mexico, along with a tabletop of recent small inkjet prints which convey how the artist sees the world as she walks with her camera through the streets of San Miguel de Allende. Using low tech cameras without any manipulation, often employing reflection in a new way, Sternburg creates an interpenetrating world in which objects in front of her blend with the street behind her. Her work explores the layers of time and space that are present in a single moment.
Sabina Arias mixed media works will featured a bas-relief sculpture of a maize Quetzalcoatl the feathered serpent god, made with cardboard, corn husks and newsprint. Also screenprints and multimedia pieces using themes she interprets form Mesoamerican culture will be on display.
CLAROSCURO is curated by Alina Escárcega
Is an interdisciplinary visual artist and writer whose work has been exhibited and published internationally. Her photography reveals a layered and interpenetrating world. Working with low-tech cameras with no manipulation, Sternburg opens herself and her viewers to a new way of seeing where ambiguity and
Solo shows in galleries and museums include Berlin, Korea, Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico, New York; photo publications include Aperture and Overspilling World (Distanz Verlag, 2016). She began her photographic practice in Mexico. She lives in Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende.
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Sabina Arias is a singer, composer and visual artist from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 2012, Sabina moved to Havana, Cuba to study upright bass and visual art at the Instituto Superior de Arte. A year later, upon receiving a full scholarship from Lafaro Jazz Institute, she moved to Mexico City to study jazz bass. In 2016 she participated in a national composition contest in Mexico funded by the INJUVE (National Institute for Youth) where she received third place and a grant for her composition "Dile a mi Querer." Sabina is currently completing a dual degree in Jazz Studies and Visual Art at the California Institute of the Arts with an expected graduation date of May 2019.