530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Martha Jimenez
Mystery as Muse
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Untitled2   Untitled2
    Acrylic on Canvas
    47.5" x 24"
    Martha Jimenez

  • With the Soul on Her   With the Soul on Her
    Bronze
    7.5" x 6.5" x 3.5"
    Martha Jimenez

  • The Gossiping Ladies   The Gossiping Ladies
    Bronze
    14" x 18.5" x 6.5"
    Martha Jimenez

  • Prisoner   Prisoner
    Bronze
    3.5" x 7" x 3.5"
    Martha Jimenez


Martha Jimenez

MARTHA JIMENEZ

Mystery as Muse
October 13 – November 2, 2018
Reception: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6-8 PM

Creating a sizable body of work that ranges over a variety of media—from paintings to sculptures, to ceramics, to etchings—Martha Jimenez is interested in the anthropology underlying the works she makes as much as with the formal experience of looking at her art.

Her overt allusions to canonical works and styles, often mingling several art-historical inspiration into one piece, revals a willingness to examine how art occupies a relational space in the modern world, as opposed to the way works were related to in earlier times. Nonetheless, however firmly rooted and informed by works from a previous time, the importance of Jimenez’s oeuvre lies in the way she recreates these visual precedents, allowing her contemporary intuition to comment on what might otherwise become stolid, academic copies.

In “Untitled 2,” for example, history becomes a kind of template for the artist’s work, a record of endeavor that the contemporary mind can freely enter into (and modify) in accordance with a more experiential logic. The jester-like figure Jimenez depicts won’t remind you of anything, though you’ll feel connected to it instantly.