RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY

RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY
Uonderland

JUNE 25 – AUGUST 6, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, June 25, 6PM – 9PM

GALLERY HOURS
Saturday, 12PM – 5PM
Other Days By Appointment Only

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Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present Uonderland by Raquel Paiewonsky, featuring new work exploring landscape, architecture and social metaphor / fantasy from June 25 – August 6. In 2015, Paiewonsky was artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, supported by The Davidoff Art Initiative. Inspired by her time in Germany’s capital and cultural center, this vibrant series made its debut at VOLTA New York 2016 during Armory Arts Week in March.
Raquel Paiewonsky (b. 1969, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. She has presented at 15 solo exhibitions in the Dominican Republic and the United States, as well as group shows in the US, France, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, among others. Paiewonsky has also presented work at the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennale in the Latin American Pavilion.
“The predominantly feminine social body in Raquel Paiewonsky’s work addresses issues of gender politics, couple relationships, sexuality, maternity, ecology and other issues of a general nature, but it also alludes to hot-button issues in the Dominican context, such as prostitution,” notes Gerardo Mosquera, Chief Curator of the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial. “The artist uses the body as a kind of tropological platform from which to illuminate these issues in their own complexity and in the imaginal complexity of art, without falling into the prevailing literalness of socially critical art in her country. We are mistaken if we think that her artworks are about the body or sexuality. They are so only indirectly, because here the body is above all else a critical resource that drives the artist’s expression with great power.”
Although seldom conveying violence explicitly, Paiewonsky’s work is very much concerned with the veiled but insidious violence that permeates the personal, social and political systems in which we live. “I am particularly interested in object / subject interventions, often utilizing fabric or collage as a means of taking over a particular space, body or artifact,” she stresses. “In recent years, my work explores the relationship between our essence and our surroundings, the impact of stereotypes and cultural constructions, always taking as a reference our instinctual selves and the ways in which the primal component of our nature is affected by the new and ever changing contexts of contemporary life.”
Paiewonsky’s work is in international collections that include Daros-Latinoamérica, Zürich, Switzerland; The RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic. She is the recipient of the Gran Premio Eduardo León award in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and was awarded in the XX and XXII editions of the National Visual Arts Biennial of Santo Domingo. Paiewonsky holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and co-founded Quintipata, an internationally recognized art collective from the Dominican Republic that includes Pascal Meccariello, Jorge Pineda, and Belkis Ramirez.
The opening reception for Uonderland is Saturday, June 25, from 6PM – 9PM. The exhibition will conclude Saturday, August 6. This is Paiewonsky’s second solo exhibition at Yellow Peril; the first was im propia in 2013. Most recently, she presented new work at VOLTA New York 2016 during Armory Arts Week in March.
About RAQUEL PAIEWONSKY
Raquel Paiewonsky (b. 1969, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. She has presented at 15 solo exhibitions in the Dominican Republic and the United States, as well as group shows in the US, France, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, among others. Paiewonsky has also presented work at the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennale in the Latin American Pavilion. Her work is in international collections that include Daros-Latinoamérica, Zürich, Switzerland; The RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro León, Santiago, Dominican Republic. She is the recipient the Gran Premio Eduardo León award in 2006, 2008 and 2012, and was awarded in the XX and XXII editions of the National Visual Arts Biennial of Santo Domingo. In 2015, she was artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, supported by The Davidoff Art Initiative. Paiewonsky holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and co-founded Quintipata, an internationally recognized art collective from the Dominican Republic that includes Pascal Meccariello, Jorge Pineda, and Belkis Ramirez. For more info, visit raquelpaiewonsky.com.