Surrealist paintings at Casa Diana

By Carmen Gutiérrez

Galería Casa Diana is proud to present a show by two very talented surrealist painters. Rikki Ducornet, who is a novelist as well as a painter and print maker, will present nine watercolors,  described as fabulist paintings, which marry animal, vegetable and mineral into surreal hybrids. She has been active in the world of international Surrealism from the beginning of her career at the age of 19, exhibiting with such groups as the Fantasmagie in Belgium, Phases in France, and Arsenal in the United States. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at the National Museum of Castro Coimbra, Portugal, the Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ixelles, Belgium, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Art opening: Rikki Ducornet & Maike Kreichgauer. Sat, Feb 11, 5-8pm. Galería Casa Diana, Recreo 48

Ducornet is also the author of eight novels, three collections of short fiction, a book of essays and five books of poetry. She has received numerous awards including both a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Baunting Fellowship, a Copeland Colloquium Fellowship, The Bard College Medal for Arts and Letters and, in 2008, an Academy Award for Literature.

Maike Kreichgauer, a former electrical engineer, was born Mannheim, Germany, in 1972. She started her artistic career illustrating books and exhibiting her paintings in Germany in 2008. In the spring of 2010 she moved to Mexico with her husband and young son and discovered the Surrealist magic of Jilitla and Edward James. She studied the work and technique  of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Bridget Tichenor. Pedro Friedeberg, quite taken with her work, wrote the following lines:

“For Maike. The second impeccable Monday, the great important eye fell in love with the voluptuous bicycle, sister of the silent tree, that vomits decapitated violins, for the smile of the lobster with the Egyptian nose, who whispers the song of the lady airplanes, directors of the lunar and morganatic eclipse, with the migraine of the heart, hypnotized by the tepid emerald staircase, worshipers of the twilight epistemological lettuce.”

In addition to these two wonderful artists, one may view the work of Pedro Friedeberg, Deborah Turbeville and Carmen Gutierrez. We are located on the second block of Recreo 48 and are open daily from 10am to 7pm, Sundays 11am-2pm.

French twin bill at Gallería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Two talented French artists are featured at Galería Izamal.  They are the painter Cat Grall and the sculptor Raphael Monzies.

Art w/Cat Grall & Raphael Monzies. Sat, Feb 11, 6-8pm. Galería Izamal, Mesones 80

Cat Grall was born in Paris, but soon moved to the south of France, the land of light and color. After a period of searching, she discovered her talent for art, and studied in Cannes, Nice and Vaulauris.  Although she has travelled widely, including a long stay in the US, her abstract/impressionist oils still reflect the luminous light of the Riviera.  In “Land”, a rolling, cloud-shaded horizon line is only suggested; bright red and orange shapes suggest buildings, and green and gold areas seem to be fields—but only if you want them to be.  “The Other Land of Light” shows a shimmering impression of a sun-struck golden yellow village between an indigo sea and a cerulean sky. Or not, if you choose to see other visions.

Among Raphael Monzies’ family and friends were many artists, including Georges Rouault, Henri Le Sidaner, and others.  Born in Grasse, also in the south of France, he studied both painting and sculpture in Paris.  His strongest influences were Degas, Bourdelle, and Rodin.  Now a sculptor with work in many international collections, he has also taught art for more than 30 years. He has for several years lived in San Miguel.

Monzies’ sculpture is deceptively simple.  It is intimate and accessible, and consists of mostly small-scale figures of both people and animals. I say “deceptively simple” because there is nothing ostentatious about the figures; they are somehow just simply right.  A dancer sitting on the floor recalls Degas, and a horse splayed on the ground struggles to get up; it calls to mind some of Picasso’s wounded horses, but more with pathos than with melodrama.

As usual, other members of the Izamal cooperative will show their work as well.  They are Juan Ezcurdia, Javier García, David Godinez, Javier González, Fen Taylor, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist.

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