CARRIE ANN BAADE & PATRICK MCGRATH MUNIZ
Exhibition: May 4-May 27
Reception: Fri. May 4, 8-11 PM
Carrie Ann Baade
The Apocalyptic Orgasm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present “Apocalyptic Orgasm” by artist Carrie Anne Baade. This marks the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery. Revelations inform the concepts behind this new work. The apocalypse represents the time after the present one – not a literal end of the world, but a release after the climax from the tension and accumulation of religion- and gender-based dynamics, which prevail in the current paradigm. These paintings seek the unveiling of the divine or supernatural disclosure of human existence as they investigate the role of the female body in Western culture and the implications this has on women’s experience. While some imagine the monstrous, abject female recovering her power from the patriarchy, others re-envision god as a woman, femininity is feared, has been abjected historically, and continues being so in our contemporary society. By remixing the historical, mythic narratives, these paintings employ the grotesque and the uncanny to ponder upon the patriarchal and phallocentric ideology.
The artist describes her work “I paint linking the power of historical masterworks with my own experience as a contemporary artist. By using this fragmentary “boneyard” of painting with reverence, I am a scavenger salvaging lost aesthetics. My art has been an attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable, resulting in exploitation of fragmentation found in collage; I think of myself as a kind of Dr. Frankenstein attempting to piece together the sublime. These painted parables comprised of remnants of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, create surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic figures. As the steward and axman, I return to the haunting moments in art history to reclaim them, not merely as a quotation of a theme or an image, but to recapture the materiality of methods and techniques in which they were created. The material strategies necessary to deploy these paintings bring a contemporary voice to the past while contemplating the ageless issues of morality, politics, and the individual quest for self-expression.”
Carrie Ann Baade (born 1974 in Louisiana) is a contemporary painter whose work quotes from, interacts with, and deeply relates to art history. She paints in dialogue with relevant masterpieces from Modern period to antiquity, to reclaim them in a surreal narrative that is simultaneously biographical. Carrie Ann Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and earned her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Raised on the front range in Colorado, she now lives and works in Tallahassee, where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions: the Delaware Contemporary, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Patrick McGrath Muniz
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present “CREDO” by artist Patrick McGrath Muniz. This marks the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery. CREDO explores and questions our myths, assumptions, and beliefs in an age of political uncertainty and misinformation by connecting American Pop consumer culture and religion in paintings inspired by Spanish Colonial Iconography. The work presented responds to our current capitalist consumer driven society with its indifference to the rising threat of climate change by tracing its origins to the time of Columbus and the Spanish colonization of the “New World.” By adopting Renaissance painting techniques on canvas and panel reminiscent of Spanish colonial art, the artist able to emulate earlier indoctrination strategies and devices from the time of the conquest of the Americas. Satirical narratives and anachronisms present in the work enable the viewer to explore and question the ruling Corpocracy with its Colonial roots, Neo-colonial ramifications and its enormous impact on the environment and the poor. Besides asking the modern creed of growth, profit, progress and presumed human dominion over nature, these paintings also question our embedded consumer beliefs and disproportionate attention and faith placed on technology, corporations, and the mass media.
The artist says about his work “After experiencing Harvey in Houston, where I now reside and witnessing Hurricane Maria passing over Puerto Rico where most of my family and friends still live, the issue of Climate Change became even more personal. The recent extreme weather events exposed tremendous social injustice, disaster capitalism, and discrimination against the poor and communities of color by the current U.S. administration. As an artist with a Roman Catholic background and growing up during the 1980’s and 90’s in the island of Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the Western Hemisphere, I feel a deep interest in reconnecting with history and re-telling the story of climate change the way I know best, in drawings, paintings, and altarpieces. By appropriating figures and icons present in Art History, Pop Culture, Christian Iconography and Mythology, I depict scenes that mirror my own experience living in a world of stronger storms, fires, and floods as well as alternative facts and climate change denial. This re-contextualization of history allows me to start a discussion about what it means to be living under the influence of constant Wall St. propaganda, free market gospels and other consumerist doctrines that perpetually modify our appreciation towards history, nature and ourselves.”
Patrick McGrath Muñiz is a Houston based artist from Puerto Rico, that works primarily with oil paintings on canvas and retablos. His work is inspired after Renaissance, Baroque and Latin American colonial paintings while addressing issues such as colonialism, consumerism and climate change.
Some of his previous solo shows have been at Museo de las Americas, San Juan, PR, Museo Convento de las Capuchinas in Antigua, Guatemala, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, Arizona. La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and the Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas. Patrick’s work has also been shown at the Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Spanish Colonial Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and Museo de Arte de El Salvador.
He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003 and a Masters Degree (Suma Cum Laude) from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. Patrick’s work can be found at the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, in Mesa, Arizona, the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia as well as a number of private collections in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
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