Clark Gallery is honored to celebrate the works of Tabitha Vevers: Moments of Being and Carlos Estevez: Personal Crusade in companion solo shows from February 3 through 28, 2009. All are welcome to join the artists for an opening reception on Saturday, February 7th from 4-6pm.
Tabitha Vevers: Moments of Being runs concurrently with her mid-career retrospective at the DeCordova Museum entitled Tabitha Vevers: Narrative Bodies. Her intimate and mysterious works are iconic and devotional, with imagery that is often beautiful, sexually charged and provocative. Gold leaf, exquisite color, and meticulously rendered figures enhance the emotional intensity of the work.
Vevers jewel-like paintings are laced with references to Illuminated manuscripts, the 12th Century practice of painting shells, Kai-awase, Mexican Ex-Votos, Pre-Renaissance Italian paintings, Irish Folklore, Scrimshaw, and Miniatures, and are executed on a wide array of materials including ivorine, vellum, tin, and found clam, oyster or scallop shells. Her stunning narrative paintings of fantastic allegory and mythology explore themes surrounding women, sexuality, and complex social and political issues.
Vevers work has been featured in exhibitions at Yale University, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, and in galleries in New York, Philadelphia, California, Germany, and Ireland. A graduate of Yale University and student at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she was recognized by the International Association of Art Critics for her 2007 exhibition, Distant Shores, and has received grants from the George & Helen Segal Foundation, University of Rhode Island, and Fine Arts Work Center.
Carlos Estevez is a Cuban-born artist currently living in Miami. He is known for working with diverse media in creating complex works that symbolize the unceasing transformations that occur in the universal scheme of existence. Executed in oil on canvas, or, as collaged drawings on paper with watercolor, ink, pastel, or graphite, Estevez depicts human and animal forms set amidst compelling compositions and narratives. Riddled with linear drawings, the figures often mimic mapped constellations or the wires and strings of marionettes. He vigorously syncretizes concepts and sentiments from native Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, Vodou, and Christian beliefs while also referencing existential philosophy, sacred texts, folklore, and popular beliefs.
Carlos graduated from Havana’s progressive Instituto Superior de Arte in 1992. Subsequently, his paintings, sculpture and installations have been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums in China, Japan, France, Italy, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and across the continental United States. On a local note Estevez has completed residencies at MassArt and Boston Art Academy.