RODRIGO BRANCO                                                         Moldando Pedra Dura | Molding a Hard Rock

"Simon de Bartolo,"  Acrylic and oil on canvas, 12" x 12"

"Simon de Bartolo,"  Acrylic and oil on canvas, 12" x 12"

Lois Lambert Gallery is pleased to present new works by the Brazilian painter and mural artist Rodrigo Branco in his rst solo exhibition in the Los Angeles area, titled “Moldando Pedra Dura”. Rodrigo Branco has gained a reputation throughout Brazil for the eclectic and colorful compositions of his murals. The paintings in this exhibit will continue that aesthetic. In this series of paintings, Rodrigo explores his own life’s narrative through the discovery of a box of family photographs which his father had saved throughout his lifetime. Branco uses the images as inspiration by painting small fragments of them and layering the images with abstractions, patterns and colors. Through this visual retelling of his family’s narrative, Branco creates a new vision for the future while still honoring his origins. According to Rodrigo: “they are fragments of the past that speak about the future”.

As a child, Branco suffered from vision problems which resulted in an altered perception of the world around him. Rodrigo’s condition allowed him to see the world with more contrast, more color, more complex borders and mixed forms. The strong in uence of these childhood memories can be seen throughout his works. Branco reconciles the vision of the world he knows now through the lens of his childhood imagination thus creating his own visual language.

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CARMEN SPERA                                                           Tools of the Trade        

"Scissors on White," Glass with enamel paint, 12" x 12"

"Scissors on White," Glass with enamel paint, 12" x 12"

This series of hyper-realistic glass sculptures is based on the tools that Spera uses every day. The work plays with the idea of magic and illusion by taking these items out of their typical context. The pieces invoke a sense of wonder by giving a glimpse of a common object, followed by the discovery that it is glass which adds a layer of unreality to the work. Spera notes that it’s important to leave some translucency in his work to give the audience a hint of the true nature of the object.

Similar to Spera’s previous reverse glass paintings, these works are focused on examining his process, taking a material as fragile as glass and transforming it into sturdy hardware. For Spera, glass is a truly unique medium, as its translucency can reveal entirely different forms based on the perspective from which it is being viewed.

Carmen Spera received his MFA from New York University, and has a collective body of glasswork spanning over thirty years. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, and is on view in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Carmen Spera’s pieces have also been featured in numerous publications such as the International Design Yearbook and Artist Design Furniture. Spera also participated in the 1993 exhibition “6 Glass Artists” at the American Craft Museum in New York City which showcased the works of groundbreaking artists such as William Morris.