A Kinship With All Things: Alexandra Eldridge + Santiago Perez

6 - 22 March 2020

Nüart Gallery presents, A Kinship With All Things, a two person exhibition of new paintings by Alexandra Eldridge and Santiago Pérez. The exhibition will run March 6th through March 22nd, with an opening reception on Friday, March 6th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Please join us for hors d'oeuvres and live music. An artist talk will directly precede the opening at 4:00 pm (please RSVP to reserve a spot).

 

A Kinship With All Things is a two-person exhibition with paintings by Alexandra Eldridge and Santiago Pérez. Both artists paint dreamlike, mythic landscapes populated by animals and human/animal hybrid figures all of whom navigate a changing— often magical— world. 

 

Alexandra Eldridge creates poetically rich and evocative paintings that explore the depths of imagination and connections that exist in the spiritual and emotional terrain beneath the realm of rational thought. 

 

For this series, Eldridge gathered photographs from portrait studios mostly dating from 1870-1910. Using the portraits as starting points, she paints the subjects morphing with animals. Deer, wolves, owls, snow leopards, and doves pose politely while the magical and natural world converges around them. The resulting vignettes seem almost mystical, both a visionary conjuring as well as an index of the past. 

 

Alexandra Eldridge had over forty solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows throughout the United States and abroad. Alexandra has been commissioned to paint murals at the Place de Vosges, Paris, and her work has been used on covers of over twenty books of poetry. Her work can be found in innumerable private and public collections.

 

Santiago Pérez is known for highly narrative paintings that read like surreal fairy tales. In his work, strange figures repeat and reappear in chimerical settings and situations. Perez’s cadre of fantastic characters function as allegories for the human condition, and the vignettes they populate explore wild adventures of the imagination. 

 

In this exhibition Pérez follows a new character, The Deer, which to the artist functions as the embodiment of wild joy and natural innocence, and who, in these works, navigates an incredible world where nature and human invention have interwoven in strange new dreamlike scenarios.

 

Santiago Pérez was raised in Texas and now lives in New Mexico. His work has been widely exhibited and is included in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and various private and corporate collections.