Eva Malhotra l April 4 - May 3, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
About the Artist
Born in Mexico, Eva Malhotra studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California Institute of the Arts under mentor John Baldessari, Her work has evolved through various artistic forms where she intersects disciplines such as painting and sculpting. Malhotra experiments with a variety of techniques to create her art, including carving, scraping, and overlapping, and re-applying remnants of paint that has been carved and/or scraped off. She has a meticulous and process-oriented approach to making work, resulting in paintings that are both emotionally charged and meditative,
According to art critic Mat Gleason, “The paintings of Eva Malhotra are more abstract than representational on first glance. On occasion there appears to be a swirl of definable form or something that looks like perhaps a star or a sun. Upon examination, though, nothing quite defines itself with any verifiable certainty.
This ambiguity in form mirrors the state of mind of any immigrant. There is no border in the heart. This manifests first as a confusion of where one IS in relation to where one is from. As time goes on, the bifurcation of identity melds into a tapestry with porous borders and meanings that change with each encounter.
This artist dissolves the forms of her past and solidifies a unique compositional approach to picture-making. Most advanced painting has an element of seeking in it. When the thing that is sought is found, culture evolves. Amidst the cacophony of artspeak, the artist here has introduced a simple, yet dramatically fascinating formal device – gouging.
Malhotra is not satisfied with the illusory poetry of the picture plane. She gouges away at the surface. At first glance what appears to be anarchy actually harmonizes with the composition of the painting. Her stab wounds are not anarchic. They are like the life-saving cuts of a surgeon. They swim along with the whole thing, apart yet united.
This gouging is, ultimately, an intuitive meditation on the act of emigrating. Gouging pierces a border – not a two-dimension pictorial border but a three-dimensional sculptural border. Like the life of the immigrant – once that border has been crossed one can never truly go back.
With Malhotra she has transformed her paintings into sculpted surfaces; there is no going back and so her gouging dances along with what has been painted, altering yet reinforcing the world around her. The end result produces a fresh, all-over energy that is rare in today’s paint-by-the-conceptual numbers art scene.”
For more information: www.evamalhotra.com
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