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CLAROSCURO, artworks by Janet Sternburg & Sabina Arias

Updated: Oct 15, 2019

An exhibition by artists Janet Sternburg and Sabina Arias, two women 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 creates 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, 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 feature a bas-relief sculpture of a maize Quetzalcoatl: the feathered serpent god, made with cardboard, corn husks and newsprint. Also screenprints and ink drawings inspired in Mesoamerican cultures will be on display.


Claroscuro opens on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

This event its open and free to all public.

The gallery remains open every Thursday from 5 to 8:30 PM, for special visits and tours please contact the CCCM to schedule an appointment 213-351-6824.

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