Buster Levi Gallery is pleased to announce Distopia, an exhibition by Maria Pia Marrella, July 7 through July 30, 2017. A reception for the artist will follow the opening from 5-8 pm.
This exhibition will be the 13th solo show for Ms. Marrella, who has been a member of the Buster Levi Gallery since its inception in 2014.
“An artist’s duty is to reflect the times” said the singer and activist Nina Simone. Marrella’s new work invokes images of cultural and political discord, fulfills that obligation dramatically. These works are born out of anxiety and the notion of our times turning into a dystopia.
The imagery used in the paintings consists of normally innocuous characters. However, their actions are hardly benign. A dog barking and charging wildly, a dwarf riding a reindeer holding a weapon in the air ready to strike, or a popular cartoon character in triplicate drowned on a beach transmogrified. There is clearly something amiss with these images. There is a sense of the world gone mad. Tables have turned and these images imply a threatening new reality. The composition, color and animated paint application all contribute to emphasize unease. There is nothing definitive in their actions, rather they are suggestive, leaving it to the viewer to finish each story. The curent climate of draconian immigration, terrorism and the 2016 election all contribute thematically to these works.
“Putting the Fire Out”, an award winning short film by Leah Galant, will provide insight into the formation of these paintings. The film features Marrella and her daughter who challenge the narrative of fear through art.
Buster Levi Gallery is open Friday to Sunday 12-6 pm