Unflinching facades: New Work by Carolina Borja and Jesse Matthew Petersen
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 6-9PM
April 8 - May 20
Unflinching facades explores the intersections of Carolina Borja and Jesse Matthew Petersen’s art. Both artists use layering and obfuscation in their process to convey larger concepts of manipulation and control. Collage, and multiple layers of alterations lend to a narrative of power structures and hidden agendas in both bodies of work.
Carolina Borja’s work incorporates elements of traditional crafts; papier-mâché, tissue paper, crepe paper and thread and then merges these practices into a more contemporary art esthetic. Her art in the exhibition focuses on traditional Mexican printing techniques, and collage with layers of oil and acrylic interventions on top. Borja is interested in exploring what lies beneath cultural traditions, particularly Mexican traditions tied to Catholicism. She is “attracted to the contrast of cultures, to the collision between customs and traditions.” Her recent work speaks of identity, fragmentation, manipulation, and perception. Carolina was born in San Diego and as a child lived in the border city of Tijuana, she now resides in Mexico City. She studied industrial design with a minor in Mexican Folk Art at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Summer Intensive Studio Art Program at St. Catherine University. She has exhibited in numerous group shows and will be part of the upcoming biennial, Arte/Sano + Artistas at Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City.
Jesse Matthew Petersen’s series for the exhibition sources from a personal archive of cuttings from fashion magazines; they are assembled as traditional paper collages, which are then photographed, manipulated digitally, printed and mounted to PVC board, and then cut out and shaped. His pieces take on a sculptural quality equal parts amorphous object and abstracted portraiture. Petersen questions what lies beneath the attraction to fashion; is it an erotic ideal of the human form, or the evocative materials and the veneer of luxury used to sell a product? Jesse Petersen lives and works in Minneapolis. He received his BA in drawing from Moorhead State University. Petersen has exhibited in numerous group shows, received a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship in visual arts and recently had a solo exhibition at TuckUnder Projects.
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