[BUT] THREE’S A CROWD at Efrain Lopez Gallery

October 13th, 2015|

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Artists: Melissa Leandro, Naomi Leibowitz, Melvin Martinez, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Mindy Rose Schwartz

Exhibition title: [BUT] THREE’S A CROWD

Venue: Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, US

Date: September 11 – October 16, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Efrain Lopez Gallery proudly presents its inaugural group exhibition entitled (but) three’s a crowd, featuring works by Melissa Leandro, Naomi Leibowitz, Melvin Martinez, Dan Rizzo-Orr, and Mindy Rose Schwartz.

Curated by gallery director Efrain Lopez, this exhibition features both two dimensional mixed media as well as three-dimensional installation works that establish their intimate connection through a shared exploration of labor, material production, and texture.

The seemingly stable notions of the “handmade” and the “fabricated” are simultaneously celebrated and questioned through the pêle-mêle accumulation of varied media, spanning textiles, papier-mâché, ceramic, cinderblock, and burlap. Techniques of the photogram, fabric transfer, and macramé are woven to compose an ever-present essence of the art as assemblage in every sense. Harnessing the emotionality of the forlorn and the forgotten, the works access and respond to transnational and transcultural identity vis-à-vis the artist and the artwork as náufragos, or castaways.

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Melissa Leandro, Constellation, 2015

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Melissa Leandro, Constellation, 2015 (detail)

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Melissa Leandro, Dejar La Marca, 2014

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Melissa Leandro, Dejar La Marca, 2014 (detail)

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Melissa Leandro, Dejar La Marca, 2014 (detail)

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Naomi Leibowitz, Untitled 1, 2015

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Naomi Leibowitz, Untitled 2, 2015

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Melvin Martinez, Macramé #7, 2014

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Melvin Martinez, Macramé #7, 2014 (detail)

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Dan Rizzo-Orr, Eden, 2014

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Dan Rizzo-Orr, Eden, 2014 (detail)

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Dan Rizzo-Orr, Eden, 2014 (detail)

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Mindy Rose Schwartz, Figure, 2013

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Mindy Rose Schwartz, Figure, 2013 (detail)

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Mindy Rose Schwartz, Hi Tower, 2011

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Mindy Rose Schwartz, Hi Tower, 2011 (detail)