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Current Exhibition

Marianela de la Hoz poster

Tiempos Complicados

Marianela de la Hoz

September 25 - October 10, 2017
Reception: Thursday September 28, 5 – 7PM

Gallery walkthrough with artist begins at 4PM
Hyde Art Gallery, Building 25, Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

Sponsored by Grossmont College’s Student Success & Equity Fund and the Latin@ Alliance

Microcosmic and meticulously rendered, Marianela de la Hoz’s egg tempera
paintings and assemblages are intended to ensnare their viewers. Their
diminutive size forces the spectator to lean in and engage them as an unwitting
voyeur, spying on seedy phantasms fixed into surreal dreamscapes. “[They are]
an intimate and sometimes terrifying mirror in which I look at myself and you
look at yourself, perhaps finding a personal connection in that nearness.”
Acutely aware of our current troubling times, Marianela uses this
absurdist, confrontational portraiture to delve into the different dualities
which influence human existentialism- good and evil, life and death, secularism
and religion, while focusing on themes of motherhood, education, societal
roles, and the subjugation of women in Mexican culture. Her version of magical
realism has been termed “white violence” for its subliminal use of satire, dark
humor, and blood to explore both human psychology and spiritual lucidity.

Marianela de la Hoz was born in Mexico City and currently resides in San Diego.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and universities across the
United States and Mexico, and is part of private and public collections around
the world.

Tiempos Complicados will run from September 25 until October 10 at Grossmont College’s Hyde Art Gallery. The Hyde Art Gallery will host an exhibition opening reception on Thursday, September 28 from 5 - 7 PM and a gallery walkthrough with the artist will begin at 4PM just prior to the reception. There will be refreshments and live music by guitarist Anthony Cutietta. Admission is always free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Gallery’s daily hours are Monday to Thursday from 10AM to 6PM, and on
Fridays by appointment only. We are closed Saturday, Sunday, and legal
holidays. Visitors are required to purchase a $2 one-day parking permit at a
vending machine located in any parking lot.  For the evening of the opening
reception, parking passes will be complimentary. To obtain a pass, enter code 223 into any machine.


Alex DeCosta
Gallery Director
Phone: (619) 644-7299

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