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Watchlist Artist: Mara De Luca

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce CRUISE COLLECTION 2013: New Paintings by Mara De Luca. The show will remain on view through March 30, 2013.

Graphic chic. Sketched from essential lines. Sculpted by optical combinations. Ignited by striking flashes of light. For Cruise Collection 2013, a modern bon ton by Mara De Luca.

"For Cruise Collection 2013, I have created the poetic drama and darkly romantic mood of Rainer Maria Rilke's existential poetry while re-examining visual codes through a contemporary lens,' explains De Luca. 'I set out to contaminate the styles and conventions of Minimalist Abstraction and Romantic Painting with a new vision: conceptual rigor imbued with the facile seduction and sublime effect of high fashion advertisement." 

(text source: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles)

Mara De Luca, "Elegy VIII (sv)", 2012, acrylic and collage on canvas, 48 x 42 in.; Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles


More about Mara De Luca (b. Washington, D.C.)

My work is a reflection on contemporary culture expressed though a diverse, project-driven and contextual approach to painting. Whether through an exploration of clichéd modernist technique such as "action painting" or by way of mimicking contemporary digital imaging tropes, I employ and exploit the complex range of the medium's history, its diverse visual contexts, theoretical constructs as well as material, process and craft.

A mirroring between process and representation is a central aspect to my work, whereby what is being represented and the means by which it is being represented share conceptual significance; the representation thus serves as a model for its critical content. Often, in developing process-content relationships, I invent new ways of "making" paintings; as a result, my projects display diverse aesthetics rather than a coherent "style".

(text source: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles)

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(Image on top: Mara De Luca, Cruise Collection, 2013, installation view; Courtesy of the Artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/27/13 | tags: abstract mixed-media canvas collage acrylic

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