The Art Center’s presentation of Candida Alvarez’s work will mark the artist’s first major solo exhibition in five years and will be on display at the Hyde Park Art Center from December 2, 2012 through March 24, 2013. Alvarez combines luscious and uncommon color schemes with organic abstract shapes, creating large-scale abstract paintings. Alvarez’s collage-like process begins with drawing and the world of pictures found primarily in newspapers and magazines. The painting process begins as she visually shreds, distorts, and otherwise mashes up her source material in a way that makes representational subjectivity recede while dense and evocative abstract compositions emerge. For example, collectable post-card reproduction images of a de Kooning painting gets paired with a front page designed photo image of Josephine Baker into canvases that average 7 x 6 feet.
Alvarez’s paintings actively distort the familiar. She explains, “Having run away from seemingly inadequate definitions for abstract painting, I find myself immersed in a relationship that tracks, exchanges, and shreds the world of news, front-page photography, design, and pictorial memory into a subject-less pictorial mash-up. In essence, there is no more picture; there is only painting.”
Candida Alvarez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Alvarez received a BA from Fordham University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting and Printmaking. She is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was an artist in residence at PS 1 Long Island City, Queens. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world and is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Addison Gallery of American Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and El Museo del Barrio. Reviews of her work have appeared in various publications, including Art in America, Art News, and The New York Times. Alvarez has taught at the School of the Art Institute since 1998, where she is a tenured Professor in the Painting and Drawing department.
Candida Alvarez’s work will be on view from December 2, 2012 to March 24, 2013 at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and www.hydeparkart.org. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.
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