FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 Solo Exhibitions:
Sandra Bermudez, Heavyweight
Santiago Rubino, Every Good Girl Does Fine
May 26 June 16, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 26, 8 11 pm
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
Website : http://www.mkgallery.com
Santiago Rubino, “The Darkest Star”, 2007, Pencil on Paper, 36” x 48”.
Merry Karnowsky gallery is proud to present two solo exhibitions, “Heavyweight” by Sandra Bermudez and “Every Good Girl Does Fine” by Santiago Rubino This will be both artists’ first exhibition in Los Angeles.
Up-and-coming Miami artist Santiago Rubino moved to the U.S. from Argentina when he was ten years old. In high school, he began painting graffiti murals of dark haired women with haunting eyes on the streets of Miami. With the success of his first solo exhibition and a showing at The Armory Show in New York, Rubino, now 27 years old, has parlayed his street credibility into the respect of fine art collectors.
His pencil drawings for “Every Good Girl Does Fine” combine images of the past and future fused into a dream world inhabited by variations of the same woman a sexy, mysterious heroine with sharp geometric hairstyles. Rubino’s fondness for Victorian-era antiques is on display in a series of portraits encased in small wooden clocks, which is fitting for an artist who describes his style as “Nature vs Technology,” past vs. future.
Sandra Bermudez, “Brass Knuckles in Gold (with zirconium)”, 2007, Pawned Engagement Rings, 3” x 1” x 25”.
Columbian artist Sandra Bermudez lives and works between New York and Miami. She is a proud feminist whose multi-media work tackles gender identity, sexuality and the portrayal of women in media from a female perspective.
Bermudez’s sculptures for “Heavyweight” examine her feelings about the institution of marriage and its place in society. She cleverly creates brass knuckles by fusing together engagement rings she bought at pawnshops, turning discarded symbols of commitment into deadly weapons. She also creates beautiful freestanding sculptures out of pawned wedding bands, leaving the viewer to ponder the number of ill-fated marriages or stories of hardship it took to create each piece. Bermudez’s brass and aluminum sculptures depict words such as “Daddy’s Little Girl” that are typically adorned around the necks of women expressing endearment or ownership.
Bermudez studied fashion design in Milan, and holds masters degrees from both Columbia University and New York University. She has been selected for residencies at Chateau La Napoule Art Foundation, Cannes; Vermont Studio Center; Artists in Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts; and Skopelos Art Foundation, Greece. Successful solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, France, China, Japan, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina and her native Columbia, have cemented her place among the top contemporary female artists worldwide.