The Droplet that Persists–painting exhibition by Gabriela Eye
By Gabriela Lozano
Twenty inks conceived in 2008, in the city of Montreal, inspired by the urban beat, are exhibited now, for the first time ever, along with other more recent paintings. What better place could Gabriela Eye have chosen for this special exhibition that is, also, a celebration of her first 15 years of artistic career, than the magic city of San Miguel de Allende, where she currently lives and works to develop new artwork. Speed, fluidity, movement, the noise and the silence of a city generates the nimble brushstrokes that lie playfully on the paper. The artist plays spontaneously with the line and the color – allowing them to chat with one another – in a one-off, non-replicable, gesture.
La gota que persiste
Sat, Oct 5, 1-4pm
Show until Oct. 28
Other pieces shown in this exhibition: oils, acrylics and mixed media; among them, “Soaring Eagle” (2013), that is less a representation, and more a poetic metaphor.
Abstract language in painting is not a novelty; the world saw it appear, flourish, and take several paths during the 20th century. In this kind of painting, each artwork calls for the attentive gaze of the audience to be complete. In Eye’s words, “We should definitely ask questions when we look at it; not with the intention of getting to ‘understand’ the work or the artist, but to kindle a dialogue within ourselves, with our own memories, the questions are asked to our inner selves. What do I feel? What trembles within me when I follow the trace of the pencil or brush? Your own baggage participates in this experience; a placid contemplation act, like when we look at nature’s skies full of clouds or stars, or a poppy field. That is, allowing for the miracle of the subjective, aesthetic experience to unfold.”
Born and educated in Mexico City, Gabriela Eye shares in this exhibition her own favorite artwork, the pieces that she considers to be the most important and representative of her whole work since the completion of her studies at the National Fine Art School, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in October 1998. To her, this show represents the ending of a cycle, marking, at the same time, the start of a new one; a promising one at that. Silhouettes of future paintings are being conceived long before they find material expression.
Gabriela invites you to celebrate with her, “the color of life: that fragile droplet that, by means of persistence, carves her way through obstacles to allow light to reach out to the most hidden corners of a given space.”
Join us and toast with the painter during the opening on Saturday, October 5, 1-4pm, in the intimate gallery of Café Muro, Loreto 10B almost on the corner with Insurgentes, only a few blocks from the Jardín. Closed on Wednesdays, the exhibition can be seen until October 28.