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Arroyo Arts Collective Presents REOCCURRING DREAMS, by Rebecca Nabarrete
Avenue 50 Studio & The Arroyo Arts Collective Present
A Solo Exhibition of New Works by Rebecca Nabarrete, curated by Dulce Stein
Exhibition Dates: September 12-October 17, 2020
On view virtually at avenue50studio.org
Or by appointment at 131 N. Avenue 50 | Highland Park, CA 90042
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Free admission. Free parking available behind the building (entrance parallel to the train tracks), walking distance from Highland Park Metro Gold Line Station, and off Metro & Dash Bus lines.
‘Reoccurring Dreams’ is a visual representation of a psychological map which is translated and interpreted into a topographical format, where life begins, a source of pervasive emotional distress occurs and we are reminded that we decide whether to heal in a healthy way, or choose not to heal by never facing our demons. Repeated images of the choice to be above or below water represent the role the addiction can play in dealing with any kind of trauma. Addiction or obsession to anything is a coping mechanism, where pain too hard to deal with is kept at a distance, where it is not dealt with. The repeated scenarios of the boundary of being below or above water references the dynamics of addiction.
The geographical layout representing the choice of healing demons or numbing pain in unhealthy ways interrogates the viewer, intentionally mirroring our experience in life of how we will deal with trauma.
Rebecca Nabarrete is a Los Angeles based artist, with a Bachelors from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting and Video. Her art work is collage like imagery painted on found paper which is enlarged and informs the narrative. Often occupying the composition is an unnatural juxtaposition, inviting the viewer to psychologize it. Paintings of wild animals and domestic objects on banal paper (often with utilitarian origin) creates a narrative that many times reminds humanity of the inescapable commonality we often share with animals and their instinctual behavior. The humanization of animals invites the viewer to self-reflect, define and perhaps redefine how self aware they are.
The act of taking graffiti from it’s context of vandalism and giving it a stable home is re-creating the American experience of ingesting all the media of mass shootings, racism, corruption and consciously putting kindness back into the world by stripping graffiti of it’s hostility and giving it a home. “In this way I am adopting my new America and giving back a non abusive experience.”
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