STATE OF MATTER
Curated by Gaelle Porte
Cuban born artist Claudia Paneca opens her first US solo exhibition State of Matter in The Glass House at The Invisible Dog Art Center. Recalling a green house that facilitates the growth of plants, the exhibition space lends itself to the nature of Paneca’s environmentally immersive work. The Artist poetically meditates on matter through the use of organic materials such as clay and wood. The core of the exhibition lies in the center of the space – an ephemeral installation constructed from a ring of clay that morphs from wet, to solid, and finally to powder. Reminiscing on basic living forms, her other works bring to mind delicate pieces of coral, fossil or bone contrasted with human-made geometric structures.
She creates minimal sculptures as a metaphor for the cycle of life and takes interest in how human’s universe may have come into being. In both their titles and the pieces themselves, Paneca humorously looks at traditional views of gender and myths of creation with works such as “Hermaphrodite Brain” and “She Rib”. She further studies these ideas in her writing and drawings, developing her own vocabulary.
Like a scientist presenting research, Paneca displays her monochromatic artworks in the shape of a circle - leading the viewer through her imagined ritual ontogenesis.
The Invisible Dog Art Center | The Glass House
51 Bergen Street. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Opening: Saturday, September 13, 2014. 6pm
On view: September 13, 2014 - October 18, 2014
Thursday to Saturday 1pm to 7pm. Sunday 1pm to 5pm
About the artist
Claudia Paneca is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-based, visual artist. She graduated with a degree in sculpture and drawing from the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in Havana. Paneca then pursued her studies by taking classes in sculpture, ceramic and printmaking at School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is currently an Artist-in- Residence at The Invisible Dog, a multidisciplinary arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. Paneca has participated in several collective shows in both Havana and New York. Most recently, as part of the Armory Arts Week, she showed in the “Hive" exhibition at the The Invisible Dog art center in Brooklyn, NY in March 2014. She was also an Artist-in-Residence at Wassaic Artists Residency program in Wassaic, NY over winter 2013.
Paneca explores several mediums, including: sculpture, drawing, ceramic, installation, photography and performance. In her own words: “I create my artwork as a practitioner of what I call 'The Essence Ritual': a rite that engages the essence of being in relationship with the self and its environment. This ritualistic approach is my way to transform common notions of reality, perception and spirituality in a deeply subversive way of thinking, expressed through a personal vocabulary of images and symbols. I create imaginary characters and substances, working with physical materials and poetic text on a metaphorical level.”