Featured Artist, Sandra Mack-Valencia – September 2013
Solo Exhibition “Beautiful Beasts,” on view Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Sandra Mack-Valencia grew up in Colombia, where under the smell of oil paint, turpentine and linseed oil in her father’s studio, she developed a passion for the arts, in particular for painting and drawing. When she turned 16, her gift was the registration at the Escuela de Arte Eladio Velez, a local art school in Sandra’s neighborhood. Sandra received her BFA from the Universidad de Antioquia in 2000, and during her last year of college she collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, the Casa-Museo Pedro Nel Gomez and the Cultural Ministry in the development of an art database. She moved to New York in 2000 and finished her MFA at Hunter College in 2007. Sandra’s work has been exhibited since 1999 in museums and institutions in Colombia, New York, and Japan. She received the Nathalie Angles Award in 2007, the Sommerville Arts Prize in 2008, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2009.
Also on view, new work by Fanny Allié
I am a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses sculpture, installation, prints and mixed media. I have questioned the place of the body, the being. On occasion I conjure up childhood memories, experiences from daily life and current news to create my installations, thus placing them in a specific context. These ‘objects’ are traces that bear witness to my own existence and that of others and they also reveal the course of time passing. I intend to question the theme of existence, the place of humankind in our society and the relationship of humans to their own bodies and memories.