Hold Tight and Let Go: Laura Mosquera
Laura Mosquera: Hold Tight and Let Go
Mar.29 - April 22, 2021
Artist interview video posted on April 17
Returning to the figure felt like the only way I could move forward to understand the times we are in. It is the language that can more directly relate issues we face on a daily basis.
Each piece captures an instant of human experience by visually delving into complex memories, emotions, and reactions. The canvases establish a fleeting psychological space in which the figures, colors, shapes and patterns seek recognition, understanding, and relief. Difficult and complex memories are the foundation from which I begin my work. I bring those moments to the surface to exist in a beautiful way.
Laura Mosquera received her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She solo exhibitions include the Domus Atrium (formerly Contemporary Art Museum) in Salamanca Spain, Feigen Contemporary Gallery New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, moniquemeloche gallery, Savannah College of Art & Design, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery and Rosefsky Gallery at Binghamton University. A permanent installation of paintings has been installed at the Archer Heights Branch Library commissioned through the City of Chicago Percent for Art Program, and 8 billboards of her paintings continue to be exhibited at the Red Line Subway station at Chicago Ave. and State Street sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art and the CTA's Adopt a Station Project. Her work is in the collections of both the Museum of Contemporary Art; The Art Institute of Chicago and the Domus Atrium in Salamanca Spain. She was a Professor and Chair of Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design for 6 years. She has completed residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; the Hambidge Center and the Ragdale Foundation. She currently has a solo exhibition at the Victorian gallery in Bourbonnais, IL. She lives and works in the Bronx, NY.