A Voice to be Heard
Ryan Bonilla, Shelter Serra, Martha Tuttle, Joyce Kozloff, Maria de Los Angeles, Adam Moss, Buket Savci, Frenel Morris
April 10 – May 8, 2021
A Voice to be Heard explores the idea of the inner voice and the ongoing search for meaning, connection, and sense of place. The artists explore ideas of belonging that seem truly important in our contemporary life and in a society that too often feels polarized and isolated, inviting us to reflect on our points of view and shared humanity.
Joyce Kozloff in her series “girlhood” visually collaborated with her younger self through using childhood drawings in her current work that reflect on her education, and perception of the world. She explains that through the work “A visual dialogue between my childhood and adulthood…my conventional grammar school innocence felt weirdly relevant-within our polarized society, where so many people hold onto fantasies about recovering an imaginary past.”
The role of story in shaping knowledge, assumptions, our own origins and political views, is similarly explored by Maria de Los Angeles, through the voice of the personal. She exposes the internalized dialogue and external narratives surrounding migration through humor, story, facts, and allegory. A deeply felt voice blends the political, personal, and the mythological together.
Martha Tuttle turns her attention to the sublime, finding inspiration in the vast space of the west, its’ almost invisible processes and moments, and the relationship of her physicality to place reflected through process. She invites us to a different type of listening, a more physical and slow one. She explains, “I see these practices as allowing material variation, as well as touch (my own, a place’s, a process’s) to be recorded into material form…Looking towards the future, I would like my practice to center in the study of the potentially vital relationship between the noticed/touched/cared for object and growing a practice of tenderness to our external world.”
A search for connection is explored and question by Buket Savci in her paintings. She explains, “I explore abundance versus emotional craving. Observing both the loneliness and need for attention, accompanied with consumerism frenzy globally.” Perhaps this need for connection is amplified by how we share our lives through social media and the lives of those around us, ever so joyous.
Adam Moss takes a quieter look at human connection through portraiture of friends and family considering the psychology of the self and implication of the gaze. His portraits are vulnerable, sympathetic, stylized, and convey a sense of alienation and mystery. The subject has an intense gaze joyously juxtaposed by delicate application, color and detail. He explains “I wanted to make portraits rooted in realism that were heavily influenced by the subjective eye.”
That need to collect memories of our experiences, is visible, in the work of Ryan Bonilla, who through photography captures the spontaneity of everyday life in his culture. His work represents the feeling, ambiance, and freedom of his lifestyle and captures the rawness and innocence lost in our age and society.
Shelter Serra similarly looks at society for its voice, the role of technology, and of production. Serra explains” by continually repeating the same structure, similarities and differences emerge-reflecting on our own individuality in a world of progress and chaos.”
Brooklyn Based artist, designer, filmmaker Frenel Morris creates lucid, intimate paintings capturing simulacrum in seemingly ordinary objects to deliver a vivid copy of reality.