Fernando Molero and Carolyn Monastra "The Haunting"

Susan Eley Fine Art

poster for Fernando Molero and Carolyn Monastra "The Haunting"

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The exhibition features photographs by Carolyn Monastra and paintings by Fernando
Molero that explore the phantasmal, mysterious nature of storytelling.

Molero draws from his childhood memories of Granada, Spain, filtered through his experiences living in Europe and the US. Molero sets many of his paintings in an imagined place he calls Buveria, rendered through a subtle and masterful application of paint to bring out gradations of color and light. These works reveal hints of the architectural ruins of southern Spain in the background, with romanticized characters in the foreground, beckoning us to enter these supernatural spaces.

Monastra weaves narratives from a combination of fictional stories, classic fairy tales and observations of the landscapes of the artist residencies she has participated in throughout the American northeast and, most recently, in Iceland. Like Molero's paintings, Monastra populates many of her photographs with lone figures. These characters are pensive, surprised and often in awe of their surroundings. And sometimes, they display a whimsy that belies their haunted qualities.

[Image: Carolyn Monastra "Congregation" (2001) digital C print, 30 x 38 in.]



from November 11, 2009 to January 03, 2010

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