In this exhibition we are delighted to bring together three prominent women artists from three regions of the Americas. The work of these three artists turns stereotypes on their heads both in terms of gender and geography. In the United States we tend to be myopic in thinking only of ourselves as “American”, negating the reality of a long history of civilization to the South. Instead we celebrate here the diversity of the Americas, which has been a longstanding mission of our gallery, by exhibiting concurrently Carolina Sardi from Argentina, Mabel Poblet from Cuba and Carolyn Mara from the U.S.: three “Americans”. The way that these three artists work also turns on its head the gender stereotypes associated with women. The work that these three women produce has a physicality to it which belies any stereotypes of the “fairer sex”.
Carolina Sardi is quite literally cutting steel, soldering, transforming cold, hard metals into fluid organic pieces that, while abstract in appearance, reference the complex biological and physiological components of nature and life itself.
Mabel Poblet, in her monumental installation which was originally presented at the 2015 Biennale di Venezia, is creating a painstaking testament to the documentation of history through her cascading clips from newspapers presented in a “Lluvia”, a rainstorm of strings bearing ideas.
Carolyn Mara’s work is a full-body affair, in which she creates performative paintings wielding with great energy a mop as her paintbrush. Documenting her creative process she invites the spectator into the otherwise secret and private world in which art is usually created.
While wildly different in both technique and aesthetics, the work of these artists represents three approaches to how we see the world, and how we choose to let the world see us. There is also a common thread in the lyrical quality of the work, created through exhaustive corporal processes and manipulation of standard materials and practices in the art world.