Announcing… Two Solo Exhibitions: Alanna Airitam & Patty Carroll Opening January 2020


January 3 – February 22

Candela Gallery is pleased to open 2020
with two solo exhibitions by Alanna Airitam and Patty Carroll

Join us for the exhibitions’ opening Friday, January 3rd, from 5-9pm
The artists will be in attendance on Friday, February 7th, from 5-9pm


Alanna Airitam, “The Queen,” 2017. Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 36 inches

THE GOLDEN AGE  |  Alanna Airitam

Alanna Airitam: The Golden Age is a tribute to black culture and black histories. In an effort to reframe the narrative of western art history, Airitam reconstructs prominent imagery of power with black men and women. Dressed in vintage garments and adorned with lush fruit and flowers, Airitam’s majestic portraits confront and recontextualize the way African American’s have been perceived and recorded throughout art’s history.

The series is comprised of baroque-esque portraits of African Americans, influenced by iconography from 17th century Dutch Renaissance era, also known as the Golden Age of painting. In ‘The Queen’ a woman rests a key in her palm with a floral headdress illuminated by a Rembrant like light; and ‘Dapper Dan’ pays homage to iconic figures from the Harlem Renaissance who influenced Airitam, such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Through lighting and subject, Airitam’s images emanate pride and true grace while transporting the viewer to another time, preserving a history.

Alanna Airitam
Humble Arts
The Huck
Chicago Tribune

Patty Carroll “Royal,” Edition of 10. Archival Pigment Print

DOMESTIC BALLADS  |  Patty Carroll

Since the mid-1990s, Patty Carroll has been examining female identity, both by way of and through domesticity. Anonymous Women is a series of portraits of shrouded women in exuberant drapery, manifested as homespun vignettes of mannequins, inundated with household objects. Carroll approaches the topic of domesticity through the lens of her own life and through other cultures. With a wry but lighthearted humor, the weight of the accouterments is couched comfortably between absolute suffocation and mere decoration.

Works from Carroll’s recent series, Flora and Fauxna will also be on view. Carroll creates ornate still-lifes, styled with ceramics birds camouflaged between colorful fabrics, artificial flowers, and household tchotchkes. The installations are gorgeous, filled with both vibrant color and subtle nuance. When peeled away, each layer recursively reveals excessive materiality, often all consuming.

New York Times Lens Blog
The Chicago Ambassador
Chicago Reader
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