The de la Cruz Collection opens two new exhibitions

From May 12 through August 11, 2012.

The de la Cruz Collection is opening an exhibition featuring a painting, drawing, and sculpture installation by Canadian artist Jon Pylypchuk. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a boxing ring where both feline adversaries are staring at each other before the match begins. On one side of the ring, another character, the referee, is transformed by Pylypchuk into a gravedigger holding a shovel next to a tombstone, as if preparing the final resting place for the loser.

“When I had my first child I bought him a Richard Scarry book and I remember having The Greatest Story Book Ever, when I was a kid and constantly looking at it, reading it and that being a reference to my childhood and stuff. Although the work isn’t a reference to my childhood, when I think about the relationship of all the animals who are all human and all doing what everyday people do. When I think about that, it might very well be where it came from.” (Interview with Blaffer Gallery, 2009).

John Pylypchuk born 1972 in Winnipeg, Canada and lives and works in Los Angeles. He was a member of the artist collective Canadian Royal Art Lodge, founded in 1996.

Also on view from May 12 there will be an exhibition of works by Brookhart Jonquil in the Project Room. By using principles of perception and optics, Jonquil’s sculptures and installations create a dialog between the physical and the immaterial. Inverted Night presents an environment in which a large retroreflective painting sublimates the far wall into light, evoking limitless space, while scattered black stars become voids within a blinding night sky.

The constellations depict the sky as it was at the moment of the painting’s creation, cataloging a time and place. Blurring the distinction between painting and installation, the space of the painting extends forward to the bank of flood lights that illuminates it, occupying the entire room.

In front of the painting stands a large globe divided into five sections by mirrors. As viewers walk though the room, they see only a part of the globe at a time, which combines with its reflections to create Rorschach patterns of continents. The always-political map becomes complicated – countries transform into the viewer’s subjective projections, on a planet that is more mirage than matter.

Brookhart Jonquil was born in Santa Cruz, California 1984 and lives and works in Miami, Florida. Jonquil received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and his BFA and BA (in Art History) from the University of Arizona in 2007.

De la Cruz Collection
23 NE 41st Street
Miami, FL 33137

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