Laura Ortiz Vega
November 17 – December 17, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6-8pm
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th St., New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11-6pm
Nearest subway: C,E @ 23rd St & 8th Ave
Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to announce Laura Ortiz Vega’s first New York City solo exhibition, “Cosmograffiti”.
“Cosmograffiti”, Laura Ortiz Vega’s first solo exhibition with Lyons Wier Gallery, fuses traditional Mexican artisanal techniques with contemporary graffiti imagery, creating bold, rich landscapes that entice the eye.
Vega appropriates the threading techniques of the Huichol Indians, “painting” her surfaces with colorful threads glued with a natural bees wax called cera de Campeche.
Laura Ortiz Vega’s process begins with her photographic studies of different graffiti she encounters on her native city streets of Mexico City.
However, Vega does not simply present a reproduction of the original graffiti. Through her own aesthetic filter, she has developed a visual mechanism of inversion, whereby the environmental content of the original source material is re-contextualized, giving the viewer a more intimate experience, transforming their encounter from an aggressive, bodily and masculine experience into a more delicate, manual and feminine one. Its immediacy has been suspended, its simplicity transformed into the elaborate, releasing the original message into a new, more obscure and abstract one.
Scale and technique also plays a fundamental role in Vega’s work, providing a discourse related with the marginal, with a culture that may not be considered mainstream or high art, but that possesses formal and conceptual values that are well defined and identifiable.
Laura Ortiz Vega has exhibited in Mexico, the United States and Canada. She currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico
For more information and images, please contact:
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel: + 1 212 242 6220