Staff Member Laura Mosquera in Solo Exhibition ‘All the Way Through’
BY Brittany Nguyen, December 8, 2020
Curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, All the Way Through features Mosquera’s work from 2014 to 2020. In the shaped paintings and work on paper, Mosquera “creates psychological spaces of emotional content—capturing complexities of the human experience, including fleeting moments, feelings elicited from difficult memories of personal relationships, histories, and current events. The exhibition features abstract work as well as her return to the figurative in her recent pieces—all creating a visual tension and embodying a sense of movement,” as stated on Neumeraki’s website.
“Mosquera sought out to challenge herself when she shifted towards abstraction from figuration in her earlier work. Although abstract, the works allude to characters. On shaped surfaces, the artist paints vivid colors, hard-edged forms, and straight lines. The bright colors are perhaps influenced by her multicultural upbringing as she was born in Panama to a Colombian mother and Guatemalan and Dutch father. The angular edges are inspired by the urban environment of the city and also serve as metaphors for one’s rigidity and obsessiveness as well as conformity and the need to break free. Mosquera’s additive process is mainly intuitive as she begins with a sketch and adjusts the wood panels and canvases on the floor and then incorporates color—making decisions as she builds the surfaces.”
The exhibition is displayed on the 5th floor at The Yard, a revolutionary shared office space that allows driven professionals to work together in an innovative community.
Mosquera received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Her solo exhibitions include the Domus Atrium (formerly Contemporary Art Museum) in Salamanca Spain, Feigen Contemporary Gallery New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, moniquemeloche gallery, Savannah College of Art & Design, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery and Rosefsky Gallery at Binghamton University. A permanent installation of paintings has been installed at the Archer Heights Branch Library commissioned through the City of Chicago Percent for Art Program, and 8 billboards of her paintings continue to be exhibited at the Red Line Subway station at Chicago Ave. and State Street sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art and the CTA's Adopt a Station Project. Her work is in the collections of both the Museum of Contemporary Art; The Art Institute of Chicago and the Domus Atrium in Salamanca Spain. She was a Professor and Chair of Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design for 6 years. She has completed residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; the Hambidge Center and the Ragdale Foundation. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
All the Way Through is open from Nov 23, 2020 through March 5, 2021, Monday through Friday by email appointment only.
Stay tuned at Neumeraki for a Zoom Conversation with the artist in January 2021.