The mesmerizing new work of Cristina Toro is on view at LaCa Projects. Her exhibition, Strike a Match to Hear My Sound is up through April 7, 2017. Pictures do not come close to doing these brilliant works justice. The indescribable vibrant colors, rhythmic imagery, and impressive scale can only be fully appreciated in person.
The works represent the artist’s ongoing dialogue with humanity and the natural world. Toro addresses natural and supernatural phenomena related to fire and light. The inspiration for the works began in the artist’s kitchen, where she experienced the phenomenon of luminous plasma from static electricity creating a glowing light, or Saint Elmo’s Fire. This exhibition shares a number of examples related to energy and luminosity: ritual bonfires, polaroids, candles inside of kettles, phosphorescence, human energy fields, and the various properties of light, real and imagined, that come from the sun and the moon in relationship to one’s body.
Another favorite Charlotte gallery showing this year at CONTEXT Art Miami is LaCa Projects. Founded in March 2013, the gallery was the first platform in the Southeast dedicated solely to the presentation, development, and promotion of Latin American contemporary art and culture in the United States. The gallery represents a small group of influential emerging and mid-career artists, as well as exhibiting a broader range of works by established and Master artists.