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
Nora Pineda
Tripping the Light Fantastic
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Grasshopper   Grasshopper
    Stoneware
    18" x 13" x 13"
    Nora Pineda

  • Green Fantasy   Green Fantasy
    Stoneware
    15" x 8" x 8"
    Nora Pineda

  • Yin and Yang's Children   Yin and Yang's Children
    Stoneware
    21" x 12" x 10"
    Nora Pineda

  • Three Gurus   Three Gurus
    Stoneware
    17" x 8.5" x 7"
    Nora Pineda


Nora Pineda

NORA PINEDA

Tripping the Light Fantastic
December 7 - January 18, 2018
Reception: Thursday December 7, 2017 6-8 PM

Sculptor Nora Pineda creates stunning stoneware pieces that could have sprung naturally from the sands of the artist's native California. Pineda depicts animals and people as undulating shapes comprising curves that would not look out of place either in an Art Nouveau painting or a Surrealist drawing. Her pieces luxuriate in roundness: every surface curves away from the viewer, seemingly to stretch on forever just out of view.

Pineda often uses fiery oranges and warm brown tones, referencing everything from sandstone to volcanic rock. However, her pieces serve to expand the definition of "earth tones" to include deep purples, vivacious blues, and even a hint of iridescence, all without losing their rich character. She simplifies all her compositions, so that limbs get sucked back into the body, details become pared down into simple surface texture, and only the boldest curves of the body remain.

Pineda was born in Bakersfield, California and counts both Southwestern art and her Mexican heritage as major influences in her work. She is also a massage therapist, spiritual counselor, and healing energy worker.