Luis De Jesus LA hosts an art talk on October 7, 2023 at 2pm with Aaron Maier-Carretero as well as art critic, writer and independent curator Terry R. Myers. The conversation takes place in conjunction with Aaron’s current solo exhibition, a hundred peonies. Refreshments will be served.

Two exhibitions are currently on view at the gallery.Aaron Maier-Carretero: a hundred peonies, and Evita Tezeno: The Moments We Share Are the Memories We Keep. Both exhibitions runs through October 28, 2023.

Talk Aaron Maier-Carretero

Flowers are wonderful forms. Their petals of bright color resemble strokes of smeared paint. Their stems, leaves, and overall composition feels organic and abstract like paint. Flowers are reminders of Aaron Maier- Carretero’s connection to nature, to painting’s connection to nature, and to the alchemy of painting—turning raw materials into forms and emotions that take on a life of their own.

Maier-Carretero draws inspiration from Cy Twombly’s work and points to a critical exhibition – Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2017 – as an inflection point in his own practice. Twombly’s adeptness in balancing abstract and pictorial impulses left a profound impact on Maier-Carretero. Thus showing him the magic and possibility of painting.

 Aaron Maier-Carretero

Evita Tezeno

The Moments We Share Are the Memories We Keep by Evita Tezeno features large-scale mixed-media collage paintings. As a continuation of My Life, My Story, Tezeno’s 2022 solo exhibition, the series builds on visual narratives depicting soulful everyday scenes of Black life – introducing us to new friends, family, and endearing moments from the artist’s life. 

Culturally rich moments from the artist’s childhood are depicted in “When Family Gathers,” in which a young Tezeno is portrayed sitting at a dinner table engaged in conversation with multigenerational family members. The artist highlights meaningful exchanges and the significance of shared meals and conversation in Black American households. In “The Rhythm of Street Life,” Tezeno recalls days spent out on the town with her family and the dynamism of Port Arthur’s bustling street life and its vibrant Black community in the 1960s.

The Moments We Share Are the Memories We Keep is a fictional extension of Tezeno’s fondest memories from her past. The stories she tells spotlight her family members across generations, as well as her own personal dreams. Finally, these visual anecdotes are a testament to the artist’s ability to create beauty out of life’s simple moments.

On view: September 2, 2023 –  October 28, 2023

What: Art Talk, Aaron Maier-Carretero
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles (in the Arts District)
When: October 14, 2023, 2:00pm; Terry R. Myers

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