Exhibition: September 4-26, 2021
Group Exhibition featuring paintings by Elsa Muñoz, Mark Gleason, Mark Whiting, and S. Jordan Palmer
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present Clearing, a group exhibition featuring paintings by Elsa Muñoz, Mark Gleason, Mark Whiting, and S. Jordan Palmer from September 4 – 26, 2021. Reception is TBD.
Clearing takes a closer look into the balance between a physical, mental, and ephemeral environment. Each painting presents a destructive challenge– impending loss from a tornado on the horizon, kindling burning in dry grass, a child uncomfortably extended as she balances precariously between two boulders– creating the space to contemplate escape from extreme elements. Together, the paintings’ dangerous undertones reveal moments of uncertainty before a fatality, however small or large. Whether it’s climate change, a spark, or one wrong step, how one approaches the face of nature’s ambiguity will inevitably lead to a “clearing” both physically and mentally. Once accepted, a space for healing is created, and the life cycle begins again.
Elsa Muñoz is a Mexican-American artist born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She credits her interest in both nature and healing to her experiences growing up in an underserved and often unsafe community with little access to green spaces. Having to spend most of her childhood indoors led to the cultivation of a rich inner world in which she was able to find beauty and sanctuary. Muñoz writes, “Beyond any particular message in my work, I’m always fundamentally seeking to call upon and transmute my earliest encounters with the natural world–imaginary encounters which filled me with wonder and longing.”
Mark Gleason was born in 1962 in Greenwich Connecticut. In 1984, he moved to New York to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Syracuse University. Gleason later moved back to Connecticut where he received a Master of Science in Art Education from the University of Bridgeport in 1989. Gleason has shown his work all over the world with galleries such as Gallery LeLe in Tokyo, Japan, Pence Gallery in Davis, CA, Storpunkt Gallery in Munich, Germany, and Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome, Italy. Mark Gleason now lives and works in San Mateo, CA.
Mark Whiting is a native of the Great Lake State and a three-time Annie Award-nominated Art Director. He was the production designer of Warner Brothers’ classic film, “The Iron Giant.” Whiting has had an eclectic creative career, from writing, directing, and producing the award-winning film “Apple Jack” to being the original inspiration for the lifestyle brand Shinola, Detroit. His work has appeared around the world including MoMA in New York, NY.
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