Artemisa Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of work by four contemporary Latin American women artists: Alejandra Seeber, Cecilia Biagini, Isabel Turban, Vicky Barranguet on view from June 7 until August 16, 2017. This all woman show explores a wide range of abstractions from expressionist to geometric pieces.
Alejandra Seeber's complex and multilayered work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday subjects through spontaneous painterly gestures. Oftentimes, these gestures overlap repetitively causing figurative elements to unexpectedly emerge from abstract-expressionist images. She employs layered complications that distort the senses and invoke a contemplative experience. While Seeber’s work is purely abstract, the organic free flowing patterns and symbols are redolent of landscapes. The initial sense of light heartedness, conveyed by her pictures gives way to a more conceptual framework that is indicative of the human condition.
In her abstract paintings, Cecilia Biagini alludes to music, improvisational dance, color synthesis, and scientific concepts such as equilibrium, oscillation, and repetition. “In a pursuit to balance transformative symbiotic processes, sculpture and painting exchange form and color into an infinite space of obliteration and reconfiguration of their forms,” she says. Her works, which range from sweeping gestural abstractions to delicate compositions of colored squares, draw on the visual language of Minimalism and Color Field Painting.
Isabel Turban’s abstract paintings are created from transfers, acrylic, charcoal and other mixed media applied in layers onto canvas or paper. Throughout Turban’s work process, collected maps gathered from various travels are the most significant material as they fuel inspiration for the work. For the artist, these maps represent happy moments, cultural experiences, and political history all at once. The finished paintings are a manifestation of these elements, which represent Turban’s own idyllic, inexistent realm. Ultimately, the physical places in the maps become unimportant in lieu of the memories that refuse to be forgotten.
Vicky Barranguet’s paintings are fueled by rhythm, music and improvisation. Spontaneous and free flowing brushstrokes undulate and move together to encapsulate the artist’s most intense emotions, resulting in dynamic and energetic works that burst with vibrant energy and saturated hues of color.
Alejandra Seeber was born in 1969 in Buenos Aires. She has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions internationally, including at the Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Artemisa Gallery in New York, Hausler Contemporary in Munich and Zurich, and Barro in Buenos Aires. Her work was featured in the 7th Bienal do Merocsul (2009) in Porto Alegre and in S-files (2003) at El Museo del Barrio in New York. Her work has also been featured in museum group exhibitions internationally, including at the Kunst Museum of Saint Gallen in Switzerland, the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, the Bronx Museum, the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza in Madrid as well as the MALBA – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.
Cecilia Biagini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1967. She studied painting with Guillermo Kuitca in Buenos Aires and attended the University for Sociology. Her work has been exhibited internationally at The Hunterdon Museum of Art in New Jersey; Contemporary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD; Rupert Ravens Contemporary in Newark; Istituto Cervantes in Rome; Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires; Fundacion Próa in Buenos Aires; The MACBA in Buenos Aires; Mana Contemporary in Miami; El Museo del Barrio in New York; among others. Biagini’s works are in the permanent collections of Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina; The University of Texas, San Antonio, TX; The New York Public Library, New York, NY; The Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.
Isabel Turban was born in 1972 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Turban studied Industrial Design at Centro de Diseno Industrial in Montevideo, and following graduation in 1996, she worked with Carlos Paez Vilaro at his iconic atelier Casa Pueblo in Punta del Este. She studied at the Art Student League in New York alongside Jack Farragaso, Charles Hinman, and Mariano del Rosario amongst others. The artist currently lives and works in New York.
Vicky Barranguet was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1973. In 1996 she moved to Boston and in 1997 to NY, where she studied with Larry Poons, William Scharf, and Frank O'Caine at The Art Students League of New York in Manhattan. In 2001, she was awarded with a Merit Scholarship from the judges and curators of "The Frick Collection" and her work was then exhibited at Lincoln Center’s Cork Gallery. Her studies with master painters, such as Larry Poons and William Scharf, propelled her to find a voice of her own and a colorful expression about life, emotions, and music. Her spontaneous and daring works, led to the creation of an open minded art approach, where she combines painting with other art forms. Vicky has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions in New York and can be found in private collections throughout Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America.