Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Précis an exhibition of new work by Caroline Santa and Mauro Zamora. Précis brings together works on paper by Mauro Zamora and works on and of paper by Caroline Santa. Both artists' work contains elements of modernism but in decidedly non-historical and non-philosophical implementations. With the utopian ideals of modernism fully deflated, Santa and Zamora freely use the formalist language of modernism towards a reinvigorated exploration of image making. In the context of these artists work, Précis refers to a summarization of the essential points of modernism.
Caroline Santa's work could be described as an unending, ever changing process of making, remaking and cataloging images. Santa describes her work as "recording the history of itself". Starting with her own mixed media drawings on paper, she rips, tears, cuts, or paints over these pieces in order to christen them into her visual language. These 'units' as she describes them are fully transmutable between one work and the next. "I am looking for surprise- something I was not expecting. A combination of two, three, four, or five different parts that sing, collide, clash, or simply work well together."
Mauro Zamora's work deals with abstraction and its relationship to land without the romantic nostalgia of landscape. Rocks, bones, and architectural masses intertwine in compositions that reference abstract expressionist paintings. Zamora's bits of land point towards ideas concerning environmental issues while still remaining within the realm of abstraction.
Caroline Santa lives and works in Philadelphia. She is also a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid. This is her first exhibition with the gallery. Mauro Zamora lives and works in Philadelphia. He is a former member of Vox Populi and a Pew winner. This is his second exhibition with the gallery.
Précis opens on Thursday, May 9th with an opening reception from 6 - 9 pm with the artists. The exhibition closes on Saturday, June 22nd 2013.