Art Exhibition: “Disarming Geometries”


Puerto Rico Art News writes about a group show at Dorsky Gallery in New York, Disarming Geometries, which includes the participation of Puerto Rican artist Glendalys Medina. Disarming Geometries, curated by Gabriel de Guzman, opened on Sunday, January 15, and will remain on view through Sunday, March 26, 2017. A color brochure with an essay by the curator has been published to accompany the exhibition.

Description: With recurring natural disasters, pandemics, riots, social disparity, and political uncertainty, the world can seem a frightening place. The constant stream of imagery and data about calamitous or perplexing events induces enormous anxiety. Historically, the artists’ role is to create works that act as “mirrors” that reflect and comment on the issues of the day, and “windows” that frame a vision of the world. As today’s world is increasingly defined by apprehension, change, violence, and unpredictability, artists are challenged to address those issues without exacerbating the discomfort they engender. Disarming Geometries features artists—hannes bend, Glenn Fischer, Shanti Grumbine, Nicholas Hamilton, Samantha Holmes, Maria Hupfield, Tatiana Istomina, Glendalys Medina, Mitch Paster, Armita Raafat, Martyna Szczesna, Ryan Turley, Christine Wong Yap—who apply abstraction and geometry as organizing or fragmenting tools for processing those unsettling characteristics of contemporary life.

Geometry without representational imagery is used to allude to spiritual concepts and to forge connections to the natural world by finding common patterns and symmetry in our surroundings. Basic shapes, forms, and lines give these artists an unending supply of image-making tools to represent everything from the simple to the complex, from the cool to the expressive, from the personal to the universal. The works in Disarming Geometries reveal the enduring capacity of geometric abstraction to defuse challenging material in an attempt to make them palatable and comprehensible while not provoking anxiety or inuring us to negative feelings and emotions.

Glendalys Medina is a New York-based multi-media artist born in Puerto Rico. Her work has been exhibited at such notable venues as Artists Space, The Bronx Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vigo, Spain. She has been awarded the Yaddo artist residency, the Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome, a NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art, and The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program. Medina received a BFA and an MFA from Hunter College.

[Work above: Glendalys Medina, Black Alphabet Series B. 2014.]

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