ANNA VALDEZ & RIC SANTON
GARDEN OF GOOD INTENTIONS
MARCH 23 - APRIL 8
Parts Gallery presents new paintings from Anna Valdez and Ric Santon.
Valdez's vibrant studio still lifes explore her personal history and identity through the environment surrounding her. Relying on photographs, tradition, horticulture and stories, Valdez builds her own narratives in a way that reflects both a personal and collective experience. Arranging and re-arranging her studio to suit the needs of her creative interests (painting, gardening, etc), allows Valdez to draw on relationships between spaces and objects.
Mixing traditional painting techniques with spray paint, tape, stencils and other “low” materials, Santon navigates the space between abstraction and representation.
“I’m inspired by the search for balance. It seems like we are confronted with so many things coming at us from everywhere that quiet moments of contemplation and reflection are rare.”
This latest body of work distills a stylistic amalgam of references that employs the vast scope of art history to find these ‘moments’.