PALOMA MENÉNDEZ: AGARRAR MONTE
January 12 – February 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Jan. 12, 6–9pm
Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce Agarrar Monte, new landscapes by Paloma Menéndez that redefine contemporary plein air painting. The artist will be present at the opening reception, to be held 6 – 9pm, January 12 at PVAC.
“From land art to conceptual art, a large number of artists have created their work through the act of walking. We hit the road, try to take the daily act of walking as a means to draw, acting as an explorer to document nature, or examine the vestiges of the past through drawing. Agarrar Monte is a travel diary, record, document, and translation of my walks to the mountain through painting. I ‘grasp the mountain’ to experience a direct contact with nature, and develop my artistic practice from the understanding of the landscape, as a mode of representation, based more on the body – and its relation to space and time – than on the mind.”
Paloma Menéndez is an artist and educator whose work explores space and place through painting and drawing, conveying the geographical features of landscape as well as alternative ones derived from her imagination. She finds inspiration in nature and in an image bank of photographs, art books, and the internet. Born in Mexico City, she attended La Esmeralda from1985 to1990. Her work has been shown in México, the United States, Germany, Austria, and France. From 2009 she has held a faculty position at Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán. She lives and works in Mérida, Yucatán since 2000.