Maria Stenforsis delighted to present Mela Yerka’ssecond solo show at the gallery. The exhibition title derivesfrom Neil Armstrong’ssecond sentence on the surface of the Moon. It issincere and full of the joy of exploration, but remains barely known, inevitably overshadowed by his more famous utterance. Yerka’s portrait paintings capture 19th Century women—aristocrats, writers, actresses, models, courtesans—and the stories of their livesremembered in history only through their intimate relationships with prominent men of the time. Each of the women craved personal freedom and social appreciation, but in pursuit of it had to rely on male lust and love. Using these stories as a starting point, Yerka creates work that comesto embody the struggle for individuality.
In her landscapes, Yerka looks at the human drive to prove oneself and explore. The paintings are inspired by the planned colonisation of Mars—a journey not into the unknown, but for the sake of experiencing and seeing more. Yerka’s Martian landscapes are not immediately discernible in daylight, but once covered in darkness, a vast and mysterious extraterrestrial landscape isrevealed. Light paintsthe picture here: flat, abstractsurfaces are defined by reflected daylight, while dramatic, rocky vistas are shaped by the glowing light emitted from the painting.
|Duration||12 September 2014 - 18 October 2014|
|Times||Tue - Fri 11-6, Sat 11-3 or by appointment|
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