MARELA ZACARIAS: COATLICUE’S RETURN
SARAH MEYOHAS: SPECULATIONS
OCTOBER 5 – DECEMBER 15, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION OCTOBER 5, 6-10 PM
Wasserman Projects is pleased to present Coatlicue’s Return, an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based, Mexican-American artist Marela Zacarias. Trained as a muralist, Zacarias took inspiration for this series from the city’s urban sites with focus on Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals-housed at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Coatlicue’s Returnencapsulates Zacarias’s deeply personal engagement with Rivera’s work and the Aztec mythology depicted in his Detroit murals, in particular the goddess Coatlicue, who symbolizes constant growth, destruction, and rebirth. Zacarias seamlessly unites sculpture and painting into an energetic and vibrantly colored abstracted landscape of wall reliefs and freestanding sculptures that create a kind of three-dimensional mural that evokes the aura of particular places, landmarks, and histories. Through these works, Zacarias captures the spirit of Detroit’s distinct artistic legacy and its continued position as a hub for creativity and innovation – in ways speaking to the city as a manifestation of Coatlicue herself.
Concurrent to Coatlicue’s Return, Wasserman Projects will also present Speculations, a focused exhibition of new and recent works by New York City-based multidisciplinary artist Sarah Meyohas, known for her visual explorations of networks of information, power, and value. The exhibition will include photographs taken from the artist’s Speculations series that depict infinite reflections composed of mirrors and an array of props such as flowers, rope, and in some cases the artist’s own body. The works toy with ideas of reality and replication, inviting questions about whether our experiences of an image are more real than those of the objects they portray. The photographs will be accompanied by a new video installation featuring hundreds of unique and continuously morphing flower petals generated by a computer algorithm.