LatchKey Gallery in partnership with WALLWORKS NEW YORK proudly presents, The Cost of Living | El Costo de la Vida, a two-part solo exhibition by Lucia Hierro. The Cost of Living | El Costo de la Vida will be on view at Independent New York 2019 (50 Varick St, NYC) from March 8 - 10, 2019 and WALLWORKS NEW YORK (39 Bruckner Blvd. Bronx, NY), community-driven art space in the Bronx from March 9 - April 10, 2019. A press preview for Independent will take place on March 7 from 11am - 8pm. An opening reception will take place at WALLWORKS on March 9, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Cost of Living | El Costo de la Vida plays on the economic concept that quantiﬁes the maintenance of a certain standard of living. This term, when taken out of its economic context and placed in a community-driven art space in the Bronx or a curated Art fair in Manhattan, stirs up more questions about its impact and deﬁnition.
Currently working in the Bronx, Lucia Hierro's work uses personal and speciﬁc narratives that explore broader economic structures. "Large oversized receipts from chain stores such as CVS and Fine Fare stream down from the ceiling, exposing personal purchases that most are shy to reveal. Through this humorous colloquial reference to the size of the CVS receipt, Constancia #1 & Constancia #2 demands attention to the items Hierro has bought. Purposefully highlighting ideas around maintenance of the body, in health and quality of life, it allows the audience to judge her personal expenditure decisions. In this instance, literal references are made to the cost of living in survival against pleasure.
One of the collage fabric pieces, "Torrejitas de Yuca" portrays the ingredients used for a yucca dish-common items available in the Bronx that could disappear as traditions change. Fundita Que Pesa, on view at Independent, a bag pinned against that wall holding images of corner shop owners indicates that awareness of the shifting tide. When thinking of the context of the making of these colorful and exaggerated objects, there is a sinister undertone implied by where and who is making them. Hierro's placement and intention is not fate or contingent on her upbringing, but deliberate and a chronicle of the city.
Lucia Hierro's work explores the body as a collection of fragmented signifiers that includes language, taste, and culture. Hierro addresses these ideas across a broad platform of techniques that incorporate digital media, collage, and felt constructions.
The series titled Mercado (soft sculptural objects resembling oversized translucent tote bags filled with images/ images of objects), utilizes digital media, painting, installation art, sculpture and color theory as tools to tackle ideas of exclusion and privilege. The bags employ signifiers from pop culture, everyday items such as Vick's Vaporub/supermarket circulars to engage the viewer in a discourse on issues of class, culture, and identity. The works in the Bodegones or "still life" series as well as Mercado explore the symbiotic relationship between personal narrative and larger economic structures.