Gwendolyn Kehrig-Darton, Ross Carlisle, Meagan Van Ahn and Isadora Machado Lacuona: Symbol, Myth, Reality.

On exhibit from August 10 to September 7, 2011

The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Symbol, Myth, Reality, an exhibition of the works of emerging artists Gwendolyn Kehrig-Darton, Ross Carlisle, Meagan Van Ahn and Isadora Machado Lacuona curated by j. maya luz. 

In this exhibition, The Grady Alexis Gallery presents four artists who use symbolic imagery to demonstrate personal languages that express interior spaces. Symbol and Myth then are the constructions, the realities, that clarify each artistic language: the "who", "what", "when", "where" and "why" of the mind and therefore the artist's identity, and ours, in the world. 

Gwendolyn Kehrig-Darton, is "inspired by dream states where words aren't enough to describe emotions or experiences. All of my art pieces, including the ones done from observation, are attempts at expressing something internal and external about myself. In a way, all of my pieces are self-portraits." 

Ross Carlisle works tell stories from worlds that seem to traverse the line between dream and reality. His use of the figurative transports the viewer into familiar scenes, which are beautiful and unnerving in its details. 

Meagan Van Ahn uses the symbols and morals of timeless stories, such as Aesop's fables, Native American legends and the Shamanistic belief in spirit animal guides to work out the lessons and the underlying beliefs as a template to better construct a meaningful identity. 

Isadora Machado Lacuona uses colors, numbers, and letters to bear personal meanings. She uses them eloquently to describe the experiences of immigration, language barrier, culture clash, relationship, isolation, self-actualization, self-destruction, time and existence.