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For Sandra Vásquez de la Horra's second solo show at David N olan Gallery\, the artist has produced a suite of new drawings that are bei ng presented under the title Entre el cielo y la tierra. Continuing the met hods developed in her earlier work\, Vásquez de la Horra produces graphite drawings that are completed by being dipped in wax. Bounded by this framewo rk\, the artist continues to deepen her focus into the themes that inform h er work\, producing imagery ever more dreamlike and evocative yet dark and guarded. Vásquez de la Horra will be presenting a number of drawings from h er participation in the 30th São Paulo Bienal in juxtaposition with the new works made for the exhibition.

Born in Chile in 1967\, Vásque z de la Horra grew up under the Pinochet regime. Drawing from both this cul tural history as well as her personal experiences\, Vásquez de la Horra's w orks are forceful images that demand a reaction from the viewer. Elegantly modeled with fluid\, confident lines\, the humanoid figures possess immedia te force. Drawing from a wide range of literary and mythological sources\, the artist depicts hybrid figures and inscrutable objects\, presenting scen es that feel surprisingly familiar. The simplicity of form is offset by the mysteriousness of the shading and by the monochromatic austerity. Only in brief accents does the artist add color\, dramatizing fragments of text tha t augment and complicate the imagery.

Though sexual acts\, fol k figures\, death\, and other motifs reappear in the works\, each drawing e xists as a self-contained entity. The figures nearly always float ambiguous ly over an unmarked background\, each a unique vignette that recalls the sp atial confusion of dreams and memories. When the drawings are installed in a large salon-style group\, their truncated narratives play off one another \, underscoring the poetics achieved through sparse means.

The title of the show translates as "between heaven and earth\," suggesting a material and spiritual totality\, the complete range of possibilities. Eccl esiastes 1:14 reads "I have seen all the works that are done under the sun\ ; and\, behold\, all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Vásquez de la Horra 's impenetrable scenes are similarly foreboding\, as a sense of unease – a prophetic doom – permeates the works. In these most recent works\, the arti st draws from conspiracy theorist David Icke's reptilian master race\, the "lost" continent and cultures of Lemuria\, and the ritualistic orgies and i nitiation rites of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Vásquez de la Horra's recent experiences in detoxing and cleansing left her unusually sensitive\, with the dreams and conversations that followed impacting her work greatly . By denying recourse to straightforward narratives and stable imagery\, Vá squez de la Horra's drawings undermine rationalized categorization and resi st secure meaning. This mastery of the mythological and symbolic\, and the feedback between dreams and social realities\, has led Vásquez de la Horra' s work to be compared to that of Henry Darger\, Odilon Redon\, Louise Bourg eois\, and Francisco de Goya.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra grad uated from the University for Design in Viña del Mar\, Chile in 1994\, and completed post-graduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien\, Cologne in 2003. She attended the famous Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1995 to 200 2\, studying under Jannis Kounellis and Rosemarie Trockel. Vásquez de la Ho rra has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou\, Paris\; the Museum Kunst Pa last\, Düsseldorf\; and the Bonnefantenmuseum\, Maastricht\, Holland. In 20 09\, she won the Drawing Prize of the Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation. In 2012\, Vásquez de la Horra participated in The Imminence of Poetics\, t he 30th São Paulo Bienal\, curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas.

Sand ra Vásquez de la Horra currently lives and works in Berlin\, Germany.

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