SANTA MONICA—Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present Moments, Roberto Gil de Montes’ second solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring a new series of works. Gil de Montes has dedicated this exhibition in memory of celebrated gallerist, Jan Baum, who passed away last year. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception, Saturday February 24th from 5 – 7 pm, and is on view through April 7, 2018.
Roberto Gil de Montes’ latest body of work focuses on moments, the instantaneous periods of time in which extraordinary events can take place and impact an individual. Gil de Montes’ images remind the viewer that the lasting impressions of moments, despite their brief nature, can either enlighten or haunt us. Rather than forget these temporal experiences of life, Gil de Montes memorializes them in the work. From the lightheartedness of “the Mayan boy who sells bracelets and asks for a photograph only to cover his face or the papel picado scattered following a town’s fiesta” to the sobering “flowers and photographs scattered on the floor following a family’s deportation or the forty-three Mexican students who disappeared and later found murdered, burned and disposed at the hands of the Mexican Army,” Gil de Montes reconstructs these scenes from memory or imagination, treating each subject with equal reverence.
Gil de Montes’ work are vibrant and colorful, infused with symbolism that references time, memory, cultural identity, lifestyle and history. His influences include his origins in Mexico, life in Echo Park, Mexican popular art, and the tradition of retables and ex-voto paintings.
Exhibition Dates: February 24 – April 7, 2018