The Reality of Illusions - Tiffany Liu, Sergio Jauregui, Jen Tong, Albert Reyes at GR2
Tiffany Liu, Sergio Jauregui, Jen Tong, Albert Reyes
Reception: Sat. April 20th 6:30-10pm
Show Duration: Apr 20th, 2019 - May 8th, 2019
Sergio Jauregui is not interested in “larger than life” – he instead finds inspiration in a rusty “paleta”/popsicle cart or an abandoned motel sign. “The city changes without us noticing. People leave a footprint on everything they touch. Something as miniscule as a fingerprint adds to an object’s character and appeal.” Jauregui shines a spotlight on these often overlooked objects by creating miniatures of them in meticulous, awe-inspiring detail.
Born in Guatemala, Jauregui immigrated to Los Angeles with his family when he was seven years old and has been creating art ever since he can remember. He formalized his art education by studying set and exhibit design at the Art Institute of Hollywood, where he further explored miniature model-making. Since then, he has been immersed in creating “that, but smaller.”Tiffany Liu
Tiffany has been teaching art to small children for over 10 years. These youngsters have given her great insight to the narrative themes of her paintings. Her Fine Art and Pop influences include Surrealism, Gothic Art, Folk Art, and vintage Little Golden Books, but she feels her greatest inspiration comes from her students. “A child’s perception of the world is a great thing,” says Liu. “When they draw they interact within their drawings like an organic, growing story. They follow their gut instincts, with a no-holds-barred uninhibited approach to art-making.”She continues, “They sometimes don’t even consider their work ‘art;’ for them, it’s a lot more like playtime. I am fascinated by their development; not only on an aesthetic level, but also on a subconscious psychological level. When they draw it’s this big rainstorm of thoughts, emotions, and ideas. They are my little heroes.”
Liu’s vision of childhood reflects a reality in which things often go awry—but in the most playful and colorful way. If some works hint at sexual awakening tinged with corruption and consumption, others treat themes of a search for love with sweet subtlety, humor and mystery. Liu’s non-stop visual invention and the fecundity of her imagination are staggering. She fills her paintings with visual puns, and even double-puns. The magical, floating, colorful artistic world of Tiffany Liu is one you’ll want to visit again and again