Los Angeles, November 2014 – LAM gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition with new works by artist Monique Prieto. In Hat Dance, Prieto continues a line of inquiry begun in her work in the mid-90’s, redefining the parameters of figurative abstraction and the role of viewer participation in the completion of a painting through a playful narrative minimalism. Jarabe Tapatio, or Mexican Hat Dance, is a representation in dance of the advances, retreats, false starts and heady promises of courtship. Historically, it was banned in Mexico for its perceived suggestive sensuality with young dancers defiantly continuing to gather and perform it in public. Drawn not only to its form but its historic roots as well Prieto uses oil paint and ink in swift, frank gestures. Color, line and form assert themselves as analog to the dance’s form and origin. In the india ink on paper pieces, fabric remnants lend themselves as borrowed bits of tattered paint. In this work, Prieto proposes painting as a kind of courtship; between the painter and the painting, and between the painting and the viewer.
Monique Prieto (b. 1962 Los Angeles, California) lives and works in Los Angeles. Prieto’s work is currently on view at the Orange County Museum of Art exhibition Avant Garde through January 4, 2015. Her work has been included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; and The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach.