Sesos y Esos by Meta Mari Carmen Hernández
This coming April 26, Galería Casa Diana will have a cocktail for the closure of the exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures titled “Sesos y Esos” by “Meta” Mari Carmen Hernández. The last show of Pedro and Diana Friedeberg will remain on exhibition, as well as recent work from Carmen Gutierrez. Galería Casa Diana is located on Recreo 48.
Closure, Sesos y Esos
Sun, Apr 26, 11am-6pm
Galería Casa Diana
Meta was born in Mexico, where she studied architecture at the Universidad Anáhuac and UNAM. She also studied in the Escuela de Artesanias de la Ciudadela and worked with Sheila Hicks in Paris. Since 1985 she has lived and worked in Paris. She has had numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Europe and Mexico, such as: Galería Kin, Mexico City, 1975; Galería Oscar Roman, 2007; the Salon d’Automne, Paris, 1982; Musée de Luxembourg, Paris, 1984; Casa de la Mujer, Zaragoza, Spain, 2000; I.L.L.A, Rome, 2005; Galería Napiorkoswka Warsaw, Poland, 2013; Galería Sparts, Paris, 2011; and in the Espace Adamski , Paris, 2014. Her work has been published in several important books and she is the only Mexican artist who has been portrayed in a book edited by Franco Maria Ricci titled Faces, published in 1994.
Usually Meta works with oil paints in several formats, but for this show she will also be exhibiting a series of recent ink drawings. It seems as though the characters that she paints are a combination of fragments derived from different sources: strong features of apparent indigenous roots, and abstractions of different moods such as melancholy, intensity, or determination. It is on Meta’s canvas, with strokes of vivid colors and metallic tones, that these characters come alive and their strength demands admiration. “We do not observe Meta’s portraits, they observe us,” commented Jaques Tramont of the series Duende in 2013. Acaba de Pasar (It Has Just Passed), more than simply representing beautiful seascapes, is a series that reminds us of the infinity of our inner life. It invites us to enjoy the tranquility that an immense clear sky offers us, especially after the storms that sometimes break through our peace.
It is in the sculptural work that the strong influence that her mentor Luis Barragán had on her becomes more apparent. Meta creates installations that are rustic but very elegant. These original compositions of wood, cement, and clay are ultra-modern and at the same time transmit a powerful essence.