Tandem-Solo Exhibition: Raksha Parekh & Menthe Wells
EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raksha Parekh / Menthe Wells
January 3 - 27, 2013
Reception: Sunday, January 13th, 2013, 1-3 PM
Conversation with the Artist: 2 PM
To welcome the new year, LA Artcore will present the work of two women, Raksha Parekh and Menthe Wells, at our Brewery Annex gallery. Their individual working methods both look to medium as material extensions of more personal reflection. As a new year suggests the promise of change and movement, these artists present a forward face that offers layers of involvement to anyone who sees their work. Join us to experience these artist’s intensive areas of focus transformed into graceful transmissions as wordless expressions of visual art. Experience art’s ability to bring us closer to challenging topics through the annealing quality of abstraction.
Raksha Parekh is a Los Angeles area artist originally from South Africa. She uses organic materials that possess a degree of belonging to the area of study that inspires her – the ideas and experiences of the Indian and African diaspora. Burnt sugar, sugar cane, raw cotton, wood, fabric and other materials gathered in installations serve as commentaries on commodities that have a connection to slave trade, indentured servitude and colonialism. The intensity of the subject is translated into shapes of gentle allusion, subtle nods, that produce almost meditative arrangements of materials. Parekh’s approach to these materials is quite direct, opening a door to the direct experience of a subject that has political, global dimensions. She invites anyone to face the incipient seeds and consider the hands that deliver them. The speculative, flexible placement of these raw materials is minimal and concrete, underlining the atomic, underpinning reality of these everyday materials. This gives the viewer an opportunity to reflect on the sort of social structures these commodities serve as bricks to build, and to consider the conceptual presence of greater issues that surround them.
Menthe Wells infuses her artwork with an intensive investigation into the human mind. She has a special interest in Synaesthetics, the art movement, and in her professional career studies the psychological aspects of this fascinating physical experience. Synaesthesia is defined as a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to automatic experiences in a second pathway. To hear a sound on seeing a color is the most famous, yet just one of the possible crossovers. Seeking to employ this in her creative process has proved fertile ground for Wells, producing a great deal of observation and a career that includes enamels, sculpture and painting. From her website: “In many of her works, the artist explores a personal iconography of compositional elements such as flora, shells, and leaves. Natural elements of California, in distinctive shells and western flowers, interweave with her imagery of European and Asian landscapes. The intrinsic meaning of these symbols remains reflective of how neuropsychological and psychophysical reaction combines within the broader interrelationship of color, sound, taste, emotional feeling, and sensory phenomena to include delight and fantasy. Perception synaesthetically conveys the taste and smells reminiscent of seasonal fragrances and serenity, lovely to experience, but devoid of the context of social realism. The paintings and prints speak softy, but the sensory feeling is eloquent.”