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Cascada de Luz/Lightfall

By Laura Sue Schwartz

Claire Rosenfeld’s paintings and drawings have the brilliance of Fauve colors and glare with the stark emotion of German Expressionism, yet most of all, they distinguish themselves with a complexity and evolution of mood that are strictly individual. Her paintings, drawings and prints are scenes rather than landscapes – familiar in their seductive fantasy, but strange – almost sensational – in the compelling irony between heated colors and coldly placid moods. The luminosity of the bright primary colors breaks forth with poetic magnitude, illuminating the figures isolated in stark reveries. In one painting, three of them rest at a riverside, absorbed in the moment: they are unfeatured, one is cloaked as if by Bergman or Munch, and the darkness of the cobalt blue sky electrifies the stillness with a feeling of anticipation.

Cascada de Luz/Lightfall
By Claire Rosenfeld
Fri, Jul 25, 8pm
Museo de la Ciudad
Guerrero 27

Her way to apply paint – bright over dark over bright – in some instances – shows how she reaches into the darkness to pull out the light. And just as the colors come at the viewer in flashes, the figures gesture with poignancy. The climate of anxiety and the anticipation resolve themselves in the bright/dark stillness where tine is congealed: the dynamics are becoming more important than knowing what will take place. Medievalists felt this way – anticipating the place being not mine, but becoming its own.

An exhibit of mixed media prints and drawings, by Claire Rosenfeld, presents images of figures and nature by combining encaustic monotypes, watercolor, drawing and painting.

Her solo exhibition at the Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, opens on July 25th and runs through September 14th.

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