Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Role-playing with Clare Rojas

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM

click to enlarge SUNNY SIDE UP: "Final Sun with Poppies" by Clare Rojas
  • SUNNY SIDE UP: "Final Sun with Poppies" by Clare Rojas

Clare Rojas' exhibition Through the Woods at the ACA Gallery of SCAD is a delicious conundrum. Five years worth of Rojas' prints, paintings, and drawings deftly relate a series of fables with messages as varied as her influences. The mythology extends to the artist herself: Rojas will close the show Thurs., April 1 at 6 p.m. with a performance by her banjo-picking alter ego, Peggy Honeywell.

Rojas appropriates, mixes and matches everyday images. A mysterious narrative connects three works hung together on one of the gallery's walls. In "Red Hooded Man," a bearded male with slanted eyes and an aquiline nose appears in profile, dressed in a flat red hood. It would seem that Little Red Riding Hood has undergone a kind of sex change. Below him, "Barn with Yellow Sun" reveals the little structure awash in tones of gray and outfitted with patterned doors. The barn sits nestled in a flat field of red grass; a small yellow circle perched in the sky just above its roof. "Maddy" offers a color aquatint etching of a dog-like animal in profile, but it's uncertain if it's the Big Bad Wolf, a predatory fox or a family pet. All three works playfully evoke folk art and fairy tales. The combination feels like being on a rocking horse without knowing precisely which way it's rocking.

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