I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes: recent work by David Rios Ferriera and Shoshanna Weinberger
Wed. Feb. 5, – March 3, 2019
Artist’s Talk: Wed. Feb. 5, 5-6pm
Opening Reception: Wed. Feb. 5, 6-8pm
The Mueller Gallery at Caldwell University is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition: I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes: recent work by David Rios Ferriera and Shoshanna Weinberger. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the poem “Song of Myself, Part 51” by Walt Whitman in which he writes:
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
This affecting verse from the poem is a celebration of both the unique and the universal. It reminds us that we are never just one thing, and all the eccentricities and contradictions are simply part of being human.
The work by both artists in this exhibition addresses the complexities of identity and touches on the idea that none of us is just one “self” but that we are actually comprised of multiple sometimes contradictory parts. David Rios Ferriera and Shoshanna Weinberger both investigate race, gender and sexuality through their own unique and different Caribbean-American experiences and backgrounds.
Shoshanna Weinberger’s work explores the complexity of heritage, assumed norms and confronts cultural ambiguity and peripheral identities. Her work is rooted in an exploration of her Caribbean-American heritage, the consequential implications and experiences of racial identity, and external perception of racial categorization. Referencing adolescent memory, body image, and our current xenophobic rhetoric, Weinberger renders her muses along a spectrum of character types and marginalized bodies. Some are excessive, sexualized, and quirky. Others are passive or dominant, a culmination of figures that ultimately question standards of beauty and identity.
In David Rios Ferreira’s works on mylar and on paper, postcolonial images merge with children’s pop culture to produce eerily alluring abstract scenes. Clusters of lines and layers of color dominate space, creating dense, hybrid forms. Familiar characters like Astro Boy, Pinocchio and Peter Pan are deconstructed and reinterpreted to become temporal beings and transmitters of imagined histories. These beings, and the space they inhabit, furnish an in-between reality—a reality that signals how the body both bears and transforms historical memory.