Alter Space presents new work by Maria Guzman Capron, Sahar Khoury, and Francesco Igory Deiana.
Recognized for her concern and attention to intimate shapes, Maria Guzman Capron addresses humor, sensuality, and ideas of what it means to be a woman through her sculpture. Capron’s current work uses fragments of stories featuring imagined characters with each approach delivering a thought arising from looking at patterns, color and texture of fabrics or frivolous objects, such as cats, beautiful noses, poodles, dolphins. The material counterpart, in turn, conveys a strange uselessness and lightness, a variation of the charming and flirtatious personas Capron imagines.
Communicating through forms of figurative replication or variant abstractions, Sahar Khory’s constructions are made of a combination of paper mache, paint, textile, concrete, ceramic, inkjet prints and silkscreened materials. Khory applies the tradition of assemblage, amending found or rejected materials to produce painterly sculptures. Imbued with symbolism, each sculpture predicates itself as an ode to the structural vulnerability of daily living.
Francesco Igory Deiana works from a personal visual archive in which no hierarchy between what is considered contemporary or historical exists. Deiana’s practice is just as likely to manifest as a drawing, a painting, or a sculpture, often confusing the distinction between these forms. In this way Deiana diverges from his larger body of work consisting of highly detailed, labor-intensive, large scale drawings and installations indebted to a translating digital gesture into analog form to create a series of faces. Deiana’s expansive approach veers into the emotional and figurative while paying homage to his dedication to mark-making.
Maria Guzmán Capron received her MFA from the California College of the Arts (2015) and was the recipient of the Graduate Painting Fellowship. Selected recent exhibitions include City Limits (Oakland), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco), Et al (San Francisco), The Joanna (Houston), New Capital (Chicago), and Bass & Reiner (San Francisco). Capron is a co-founder and works out of the Oakland studio collective Ctrl+Shft.
Sahar Khoury received her MFA from UC Berkeley (2013) and lives in Oakland, California. Recent exhibitions include 2nd Floor Projects (San Francisco), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive (Berkeley), Interface Gallery (Oakland), SOMArts (San Francisco), and Royal NoneSuch Gallery (Oakland) among others.
Francesco Igory Deiana was born in Milan, Italy and lives and works in San Francisco. Deiana has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally including d406 (Modena, Italy), Ruttkowski Gallery (Koln, Germany), Alice Gallery (Brussels, Belgium), and CULT exhibitions (San Francisco).