Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5th from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 141 East 62nd Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10065
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am–6 pm, Saturday by appointment
Voltz Clarke Gallery is pleased to present WHAT IF?, the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Madrid based artist Mari Quiñonero. The exhibition will be on view from March 5th through April 17th, 2020, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 5th, from 6-8pm.
Quiñonero’s recent, abstract paintings make up a body of work she developed for her inauguaral exhibition at Voltz Clarke, WHAT IF?. The title comes from Quiñonero exploring the feeling of leaving her comfort zone and overcoming limitations to find growth. While working for the show, she struggled to find the perfect combinations of color, canvas and composition, so she resorted to asking herself – what if? – What if I try this color? What if I use this kind of canvas? What if I make this composition?
This body of work consists a series of greens, blues, warm nudes, berries and ochres. Quiñonero works with color palettes that help her research how she visualizes emotions. Each color is attributed to a particular feeling or mood such as strength, madness, vulnerability, passion, struggle, pathos, greatness or wealth. The fullness of the meaning behind the colors layered with the emptiness of the background create a conversation between the contrasting elements. The soft, dry texture of the canvas is a clean and vast support that welcomes the shapes and colors that come from the artist’s mind. Through her investigation of palette and the emotion it pairs with, Quiñonero has come up with her most personal work so far.
Quiñonero received her Art History Degree from Murcia University and earned her Masters in Fashion Communication from Carlos III University. She has had multiple solo exhibitions in Madrid, international group show participation and a range of art fair experience from London to Taiwan. Mari Quiñonero currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain.