Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Anna Valdez & Ric Santon: Garden of Good Intentions


Parts Gallery presents new paintings from Anna Valdez and Ric Santon.
Valdez's vibrant studio still lifes explore her personal history and identity through the environment surrounding her. Relying on photographs, tradition, horticulture and stories, Valdez builds her own narratives in a way that reflects both a personal and collective experience. Arranging and re-arranging her studio to suit the needs of her creative interests (painting, gardening, etc), allows Valdez to draw on relationships between spaces and objects.

We are excited to share that Anna will be participating in The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe & Contemporary Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The exhibition runs May 26 - September 3 and features dozens of important works from Georgia O'Keeffe, along with a select group of contemporary artists that evoke her legacy.
Crystal Bridges, The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe & Contemporary Art
Mixing traditional painting techniques with spray paint, tape, stencils and other “low” materials, Santon navigates the space between abstraction and representation. 
“I’m inspired by the search for balance. It seems like we are confronted with so many things coming at us from everywhere that quiet moments of contemplation and reflection are rare.”
This latest body of work distills a stylistic amalgam of references that employs the vast scope of art history to find these ‘moments’.
Anna Valdez, Golden Pothos

Anna Valdez, Hanging Plants

Anna Valdez, Jungalow

Anna Valdez, Owl Taxidermy

Anna Valdez, Parrot Taxidermy

Anna Valdez, Plants on Pink

Anna Valdez, Pond

Anna Valdez, Sunshine on Houseplants

Ric Santon, 1985

Ric Santon, I Though You Might Like This, I Might Be Wrong

Ric Santon, Whale Watching