Last Chance to see La Condicion Humana (The Human Condition) Art Show (featuring bARTer Sauce trader: Kelly Lyles)
November 5th is your last chance to catch La Condicion Humana (The Human Condition) at Vermillion.
bARTer Sauce trader and supporter, Kelly Lyles' artwork is featured in the show (and The Stranger recently featured art from the show as well). I attended the opening night reception and took a few pictures for you to enjoy. Read more about the show via the press release below:
La Condicion Humana (The Human Condition)
Curated by Sedora Debont and Diana Adams.
Featuring work by Hugo Alfredo (MEX), Daniel Alonso (MEX), & Luis Angel Vilchis (MEX). Also, Kelly Lyles (SEA).
L. Kelly Lyles’ '12 STEPS' series are colorful paintings combining oils on canvas with Byzantine glitter providing a narrative element. As a recovering alcoholic/addict with over 25 years clean and sober, she combines humor and pathos to this personal theme of drunks and junkies.
These all-too-familiar scenarios of chaos and humiliations reinforce our commonalities (many from stories told in recovery meetings), whilst attempting to remove some of the stigma surrounding addiction. Subtitled, ‘STEP 1’, ‘STEP 2’, ‘STEP 3’ etc, each piece mimics the pretexts of 12 Steps (AA/NA) programs. A painting of a woman waking up next to a stranger is entitled, ”WHO ARE YOU?,” Another girl on a cell phone with a wrecked car in the background reads, “I’LL BE A LITTLE LATE...”.
Lyles' fantastical realism and bold glitter text brings a light hearted quality to sordid. They illustrate the illusory beauty, drama and escape promised - but rarely delivered- by drugs and alcohol. See more of Kelly's work on her website.
The Vilchis brothers
The Vilchis brothers show a collection of oil on metal paintings inspired by the 500-year-old tradition of votive paintings, ex-votos or retablos.
A Retablo or lamina is a Latin American devotional painting, especially a small popular or folk art one using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art.
Traditionally commissioned in trade for services to tell a miraculous story and give thanks to the intervening saint for answered prayers, they were taken to the church, or placed on an altar at home. They depict life's near-tragic stories and the realities of survival, with humor, honesty and charm.
In modern day Mexico, these thwarted mishaps might include bus accidents, street brawls, dog bites, runaway pigs, or diarrhea. Other contemporary issues are also addressed: emigration, terrorism, substance abuse, infidelity, jealousy, impotence and homosexuality.