Eye Candy: Maria Calderon
There is something very interesting about our perception of space and our relationship with it when viewing art. Large-scale paintings push the viewer back away from them – to better get an overall view, while smaller works tend to bring the viewer in very close to better take in the little details. Maria Calderon’s pastel paintings – because of their scale (human-sized), content (portraits which gaze directly at the viewer) and presentation (beautifully decorated platforms are placed in front of each piece, inviting the viewer to climb and be at eye-level with the piece itself) – engage the viewer in a completely different way. Communion is a word that comes to mind, for more reasons than one.
At the opening of her new exhibit, ‘Energetic Ceremony, Messengers of Light and The Power of
Intention’, Maria – along with other artists and friends – created an interactive installation with sensory awareness stations, inviting all individuals to participate in the show. Entering the exhibition area was not unlike walking into a sacred or revered space – like a temple – only one in which talking, smiling and giggling was welcome. The experience was tremendous, I felt such a positive shift in mood and climate as I moved from one station to the next along colorful burlap runners. The artwork itself is stunning – to properly view each piece, the viewer is encouraged to sit upon the ziggurat-like sculptures which face the portraits. It’s both confrontational and intimate, to stare directly at Calderon’s pastel portraits – which are beautifully rendered and immersed in a swirling universe of pattern and color.
Maria Calderon’s ‘Energetic Ceremony, Messengers of Light and The Power of Intention’ is an invitation to experience our humanity in a positive, creative and communal environment. For those of you who were unable to attend the opening, a closing ceremony will be held on February 24, 2012 from 6-9 at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery, 919 W. 17th Street , Kansas City, MO.
I highly recommend attending!
For additional information about the closing ceremony, please visit the Facebook page here.
To see more of Maria’s work, visit her website here at mariacalderon.com