Elsa Munoz‘s show, “Still: Paintings for Blanca” at Dubhe Carreno Gallery, is strikingly beautiful. Her ability to imply so much in the darker segments of her paintings evidences the beauty of oil painting generally, as well as her true skill. Although these pieces were all created recently, they truly feel much older. As we lost ourselves in the possibilities and suggestion in those dark regions, that entire feeling was juxtaposed by an expert depiction of light. Illuminated doorways, a headlight cutting out space in the darkness, or the shimmer of a ring at rest, Elsa Munoz has made a statement with this exhibition.
It kicks off with a painting by her mentor who has since passed, and for whom the exhibition is dedicated. It then launches you into Elsa’s incredible oil paintings. As we walked into the space, one could feel the bond between student and teacher, and the fact that the emotional connection between them was/is strong. Dubhe Carreno is an intimate space, and whether the controlled burn paintings, or “Braid,” Elsa is clearly on her way to making an indelible mark on Chicago’s art community. It’s an awesome exhibition, is easy to get to (in the West Loop), and runs through May 26th.
IPMM is also happy to debut the photography of Angie Mejia, who was able to take these great shots of Elsa’s show for IPMM. Make sure to check out Angie’s photos, and expect more of her great shots, right here, on IPaintMyMind. Welcome Angie!
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