July Group Show
Featuring: Aaron de la Cruz, Patrick Martinez, Matt Leines, Mr Kiji, Isaac Lin, Maya Hayuk, Samantha Bittman, Ken Davis, Claire Colette, Sam Friedman, D’Metrius Rice, Matt Mignanelli, and Francesco Igory Deiana
Project Room: Among Dreams
New Works by: Harley Lafarrah Eaves
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 14th, 2013 2-5pm
Exhibition Dates: July 13th – August 3rd, 2013
Guerrero Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition opening Sunday, July 14th featuring the works of thirteen locally and nationally based artists including Francesco Igory Deiana, Patrick Martinez, Aaron de la Cruz, Mr. Kiji, Matt Leines, Samantha Bittman, Maya Hayuk, Isaac Lin, Ken Davis, Claire Colette, Sam Friedman, Matt Mignanelli, D’Metrius Rice; as well as a focused installation by Harley Lafarrah Eaves.
Continuing in the Summer Series, this exhibition switches gears from June’s presentation of contemporary painters, to artists that focus directly on the aesthetics of design. From Samantha Bittman’s work on hand-woven textile to Patrick Martinez’ use of neon, each artist advantageously uses their respective medium to highlight design principles that push the traditional boundaries of abstraction in a visual context. Through the broad range of works, there is a shared exploration of the intricacies of patterns and their effects on our psyche. The absence of a figure is a defining characteristic of the exhibition, as the work leans towards a more structural yet abstract direction.
Titled, “Among Dreams”, Harley Lafarrah Eaves’ installation reflects the artist’s personal and emotional connections to memory and regeneration, and explores points of loss and life. A fascination with psychedelia, numerical patterns, and the mythology of nature continue to deeply resonate in his work to create an introspective and profound experience. The presence of birch trees is a recurring metaphor in his oeuvre, and is further investigated by Eaves due to his interest in both their aesthetic and mythological connotations. According to Eaves, “They are ghostly and if you have ever wandered through them you can lose your bearings if you are not paying attention. Yet, in Celtic, and Native American mythology the birch tree is symbolic of new beginnings. The ancient Indo European word for Birch is associated with the words ‘glitter, flash, shimmer, brilliance, brightness, white, and bright.”
Harley Lafarrah Eaves was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1982. He received his BFA in printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute in 2006. Eaves currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.