Gabriela Salazar at Efrain Lopez Gallery / Chicago

Gabriela Salazar / Eye of Palm

July 29 – September 4 2016

A wooden railing—structured to support and lead a body———
                                                                                                          designed to follow the wall—

displaced from this position———

measuring a room—a spatial, yet tactile navigational tool—
a compass realigned to unknown cardinal directions.

A field of round forms; textured, varied, eroded; made for or by the hand; from another place, placed or landed here.              Measures of the space, and the limits of the body within the space;
a system of cairns dispersed from an unknown peregrination.

Gabriela Salazar fills Efrain Lopez Gallery with a coded transmission: a matrix of dots bracketed by a continuous line. Salazar’s “graspable” sculptures—handrails and stone-like objects—continue her exploration of the transmission of narrative, possibility, and history via the built environment. Through the exhibition’s mise en scène, the artist implicates essential structures of human relationships to material, and nests bodily locations through implied proprioception.

Gabriela Salazar was born in New York City, to architects from Puerto Rico. Solo exhibitions include My Lands are Islands, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY; In Advance of a Storm (for Luis and Antonia) (for A and L) (for parents) (for two), The Lighthouse Works’ Fellowship in Public Art, Fishers Island, NY; and For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx), Bronx River Art Center, NY. Her work has been mentioned in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, WNYC, and PBS, and her writing has appeared in ArtCritical and The Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics. Salazar has been in residence at Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and is a current Open Sessions Participant at The Drawing Center, NYC. She holds an MFA from RISD and a BA from Yale University, and lives, works, and teaches in NYC. www.gabrielasalazar.com.

-Text by Gabriela Salazar and Ruslana Lichtzier