[My Business is Circumference], a solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-based Venezuelan artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina, will be on view at Kruger Gallery Chicago, 3709 North Southport Avenue, from May 15 through June 27, 2015.
Molina employs trompe-l’oeil to develop fanciful perspectives, architectural passages, and curious environments as she conceptually considers the plurality of female identity. Specifically, she reflects on both, Venezuelan and US cultures to question notions of “womanness”, and to further understand not only the complexities of interpersonal relations, but also the effects culture and society provoke on one’s relation to oneself and to reality.
Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s 1982 letter to T.W. Higginson, Molina considers each painting to be a part of a larger narrative that delves deep into personal and universal interpretations of the female experience. By further exploring the traditions of female writing in English, she has transformed some of her favorite literary works into visual paraphrases, likening individual artworks to stories, poems, essays and letters. The objects and figures—the patterns within—and the structure of her paintings embrace the “hidden” to juxtapose outward appearances with a psychological awareness. While Molina’s painted surfaces are complex and sometimes obscure, they possess amusing qualities that makes them even humorous. According to gallery director, Mikelle Kruger, “Molina’s paintings are accessible, personal, sophisticated and vulnerable engaging a viewer in an intimate way much like one is engaged when curled up with a good book.”
According to prominent Chicago art collector, Larry Levy, speaking at an Art Institute panel on serious art collecting, “It is fun and interesting to discover a brilliant, emerging, affordable artist like Jeffly Gabriela Molina. We own more of her wonderful paintings and sculptures than any other artist.
There will be an opening reception for the artist Friday, May 15 from 6–9 PM at Kruger Gallery Chicago.
About the Artist, Jeffly Molina
Jeffly Gabriela Molina was born San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela in 1989. She came to the United States
in 2007 to attend the New World School of the Arts and to help her aunt with her restaurant in Miami,
Florida. While there, a prominent Chicago family discovered Molina’s paintings, and they subsequently sponsored her BFA studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 2013, she was commissioned by The Rebury South Beach to permanently install her sculpture Nest at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Collins Ave in Miami Beach, and her work is part of several private collections. She is currently a first-year MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute and is expected to graduate in 2016. For more information about Molina or her work, visit www.jefflyart.com.
About Kruger Gallery Chicago
Kruger Gallery Chicago is committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change, Kruger Gallery Chicago represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, noon–4 p.m.; or by appointment.
Gallery owner and director, Mikelle Kruger was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1978 and holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Iowa and a master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University. She lives in Chicago and Marfa, Texas. Her husband, Matt Kruger, owns Big Bend Brewing Company, a microbrewery outside Marfa, which was just named the most remote brewery in the United States. Big Bend Brewing’s Tejas Lager will be available at all Kruger Gallery Chicago opening receptions.