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III Juried Show Past Exhibitions Artists
by Leonor Mendoza
Opening Reception: October 9, 2004 / 6:00- 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 9 - October 31, 2004
Brooklyn, NY, October 2004.- Galería Galou is pleased to present Leonor Mendoza: Sewing Bricks, the first solo exhibition in New York of this Venezuelan, New York based sculptor. The exhibition opens on October 9, 2004 with an opening reception for the artist, from 6pm to 9pm, and closes October 31, 2004. Galería Galou is located at 237 Kent Avenue, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday, 1-6pm and by appointment.
Sewing Bricks is a site specific installation by Leonor Mendoza that addresses the issues of housing, nostalgia, security, and belonging. Mendoza builds bricks in a variety of media and in shapes that resemble houses, and then sew them using threads that also crisscross the tableaux-style installation. Some of the bricks have wheels as a metaphor for moving, others have attached ceramic dogs that symbolize protection in a world which security is increasingly threatened.
As the artist says, "Sewing Bricks is a way of constructing a space that protects me against uncertainties and insecurities. Each brick represents a territory in itself and that territory is house shaped. Through this work, I find some sense of belonging".
A large table built specifically for resting the various components of the piece; echoes the display of a dinner table, which has been traditionaly used to represent the center of exchange of family stories and memories. She establishes the connections with her past by using the symbolic image of sewing bricks. "I wanted to express this idea of union. Also, the act of sewing is very feminine and I associate the thread with the umbilical cord that connect us to our origins", says the artist. "This work is about construction. It's about building my own space, a world that reflects current times. Reality is constantly moving, it weights but it can also be fragile", she adds.
Leonor Mendoza was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1965, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She studied sculpture at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and at the Angelina Curiel School in Caracas. Her work has been represented at numerous exhibitions both in Venezuela and abroad, including Contemporary Art Museum Sofía Imber in Caracas and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington. Additionally, private clients and collectors have commissioned Mendoza‚s works that range from sculpture and design objects to furniture and architectural details.