Togonon Gallery is pleased to present Viva Paredes and Elvira Sarmiento in their second exhibition together and first show at the gallery. San Francisco sculptor Viva Paredes and Mexico City-based Elvira Sarmiento address the subject of Globalization.
Paredes draws from Mexican and Chicano heritage history, combining migration, Mayan glyphs, organic corn seeds. She mixes and combines them to express the tension between the new and the traditional. With glass, wood, metal and botanicals, she creates thoughtful and carefully constructed pieces. Former Mexican Museum Curator Tere Romo writes “Successfully combining technical proficiency with strong aesthetic principles, Paredes’s art explores cultural issues, underscores spiritual connections, and promotes environmental responsibility.” The artist lives and works in San Francisco and earned her BFA at California College of Arts and Crafts in 2001. A monograph of the artist’s work, with essay by Tere Romo, is available.
Elvira Sarmiento, working in Mexico, creates work that implies the impact of globalization on the local. Self-described as an neo-expressionist/postmodernist, the artist writes of her work “that the possibilities of social development are detained, the disintegration of political, economical and social modernity makes an alleged state of chaos, unrecognizable, incomprehensible and in despair”. Internationally recognized, institutions Mexico, Cuba, Spain & Poland have collected her work.