Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sofia Maldonado's Concrete Jungle Divas

With the arrival of summer come celebrations of block parties, barbeques, beaches, and a new season of fresh exhibitions and art projects. If you are eager for a weekend in the city, experience the culture of New York and beyond with an art-centric Staycation. If you have not yet ventured to Chelsea this month, it is not too late to beat the heat and enjoy the host of new shows. We recommend Concrete Jungle Divas at the Magnan Metz Gallery, second solo show of Sofia Maldonado.

Sofia Maldonado is a painter mixing interdisciplinary art practice with street culture. The use of color in her works portrays her admiration for the Caribbean landscape, city chaos and the abandoned structures within. There is an evident blend of fashion, the Latina female aesthetic and street culture in her visual concept. Born in Puerto Rico from a Cuban mother in 1984, she pursued undergraduate work in art and design at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas and received her Painting MFA from Pratt Institute, New York in 2006. Sofia lives and paints in Brooklyn.

In Concrete Jungle Divas, Maldonado dives into the issue of power and femininity across cultural lines. With the primary use of street and graffiti art, she knows the struggle of thriving in a profession run by males. Here you will find a series of 7 x 3ft dyptich and tryptich canvases, featuring famous female recording artists: Beyonce, J-Lo, Lady GaGa and Rihanna painted on shimmery gold and black backgrounds. These divas represent sex, work and fashion.

Concrete Jungle Divas will be on display until July 17, 2010

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