Clare Rojas, Believe Me
05.16.2009 — 06.02.2009
Saturday, May 16, 4-7 PM
Kavi Gupta Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artist Clare Rojas.
Clare Rojas is well known for her intimate gouache paintings and expansive wall-based murals and installations that feel as if they have been plucked out of the pages of a fairy tale resonating as both familiar and fantastically imagined. Her distinctive intricately detailed painting style utilizing flat areas of color and her limited palette brings to mind both an expansive history of the craft movement as well as the art of printmaking. Rojas’s imagery takes hints from folk art such as quilting or pottery and recurring symbols and patterns can be linked to Amish vernacular, Russian Matryoshka dolls, Native American textiles as well as contemporary American comic books.
Clare Rojas’s latest exhibition at Kavi Gupta will feature a complete immersion into the artist’s invented world. The gallery will be completely transformed into a “home” for her works as the walls are colorfully painted and decorative molding transforms the space into a living environment. Large framed wall paintings, sculptures and groupings of Rojas’s signature paintings hang from wooden pegs articulating a complete constructed narrative. Animals, women and men interact within flattened floral landscapes. Women bleed their powers into the sky. Foliage, flowers and trees blend with abstract and often surreal pattern and space. The depictions themselves are allegorical; her portrayals of women are simultaneously serene, free, painful and powerful.
Clare Rojas (b. 1976) lives and works in San Francisco. Solo museum shows include Riverside Art Museum, CA; The Rose Art Museum, Boston; Museo De Arte Comtemporaneo De Castilla y Leon; Museum Het Domein, Sittard; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; Knoxville Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Rojas has also had solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects, NY; Modern Art, London; Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen.