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Rosario Moore Arteaga, Play Date

Venetia Kapernekas Gallery
526 West 26th Street, Suite 814, 212-462-4150
November 6 - December 18, 2008
Reception: Thursday, November 6, 6 - 8 PM
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Venetia Kapernekas gallery is pleased to announce Play Date, an exhibition of sculptures, drawings, prints by the NY based artist Rosario Moore Arteaga.

Play Date is Rosario Moore Arteaga’s first solo exhibition in New York. The works in this exhibition share a thematic and formal correlation in the perceptible perversity of play. The exhibition features a sampling of recent prints and sculptures that make use of appropriated architectural figures engaging in a variety of interactions.

One series entitled, “Gentecita (Little People)”, is made up of 40 embossed monotypes, makes use of appropriated architectural figures/scale models to explore their structural relationships in society. Those figures become displaced, arranged, and suspended in space; sharing a thematic and formal correlation in the perceptible perversity of play.

The sculpture “Cadejos Bebe Jugando” (2 black stuffed animals engaged with one another) participates in a pathological play that appears more of a struggle as primordial as the original myth of the cadejo, a popular legend in Salvadorean folklore. As the title [baby cadejos] suggests Moore’s rendering of the myth is infantile—the emasculated offspring of the foreboding cadejos.

The work “Una Sola Euforia” is a miniscule silver sculpture depicting a loosely arranged mass of human bodies. At first glance the bodies appear to be entangled in the pleasure of an orgy. A closer observation reveals the scene of a massacre, in which Moore skillfully blends forms in playful juxtapositions between euphoria and pain. A euphoria of destruction.

Rosario Moore is a New York based artist with a B.S. in Studio Arts from New York University. Her work typically deals with the idea of granting accessibility to veiled histories and cultural dynamics. Her practice has taken on various formats from public sculpture to interventions in unsolicited venues and printed matter, resulting in a comprehensive search for methods of giving voice and entrance to these topics. Her employment of myth making as a strategy for the dissemination of stories and ideas compliment her concerns for an active and critical engagement of art and society.

Born and raised in New York and spent summers at her mother’s home country, El Salvador, Rosario’ memories of folktales and stories inform her artistic development. She has participated in numerous museum shows in 2007 “Landings 6, 5, 4” curated by Joan Duran at Casa de las Americas, Havana Cuba, at the Art Museum of the Americas, OAS, Washington DC, United States, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2006: Sala National, San Salvador, El Salvador; 2005: Pintura Joven at Centro Cultural de Espana, San Salvador, El Salvador; 2004: Contactos, Cesar Chavez student Center SFSU, San Francisco State University, California.
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