Tonight is the debut of “Gestalt Series: The Inner Workings of Secrets” a solo exhibition by Chicago-based Puerto Rican Artist Sandra Antongiorgi. The exhibit will be on view at Paseo Boricua Gallery, located at 2636 W Division Street in the heart of the Humboldt Park community. The exhibit will run from April 3, 2017 through April 30, 2017 with an opening reception on April 14.
The exhibit features Sandra’s “Gestalt Series” which examines the natural and spiritual connections that define perception and being. In this series, Sandra explores the biological, physical, psychological and spiritual configuration of the Self. Using 120-year old wood laths and through minimal manipulation, she hopes to capture the totality or complete form of the Self, while attempting to depict the complexities of the human experience in all of its many extraordinary parts.
“It is my intention to reveal the inherited beauty within each and every one of us; the indestructible absolute; the miracles that make us whole,” says Antongiorgi.
Sandra’s collective work explores the powerful experience of humanity in a multitude of media including; etching, painting, encaustics, woodwork, installation art and song. Through much of her personal work, she delves into explorations of the darkness of being that causes suffering or marginalization. Alternatively, the public art she has created is a celebration of humanity replete with symbols of history, culture, inclusion, and optimism.
About the Artist
Sandra Antongiorgi draws upon life experiences, power relationships, culture, boundaries, mysticism and spirituality. She is a champion of children’s rights and works to expose the damage caused by family violence, incarceration and systematic marginalization. Sandra’s work delves deeply into those struggles normally hidden from view. Her surreal imagery is engaging, powerful and thought provoking. Sandra’s passion for arts & education, combined with her dedication to philanthropy, makes her a frequent contributor to community arts projects.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago’s Pilsen/Little Village community, Antongiorgi was inspired by the vibrant art and music of both the Mexican and Puerto Rican culture that is present in her work today. She uses her experiences to create and implement music and art initiatives rooted in diversity and inclusion. Sandra has contributed to scores of murals dotting the Chicago cityscape and has exhibited throughout the city, including at the School of the Art Institute and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
About the Gallery
Paseo Boricua Gallery & Gift Shop is a Project of DSBDA to incubate and exhibit primarily local Puerto Rican Artists & performers in Humboldt Park, Chicago. More info at: paseoboricua.org and https://www.facebook.com/PaseoBoricuaGallery