Opening Reception for Cristina Cordova: cuerpo exquisito

Friday, September 13, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy
118 E Kingston Ave, Ste 25C
Charlotte, NC 28203

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Opening Reception for Cristina Cordova: cuerpo exquisito
Hodges Taylor is pleased to present CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito, a solo exhibition featuring new large scale installations and figural
sculptures by the Puerto Rican ceramic artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, September 13 from 6 to 8pm. This is Córdova’s third solo exhibition with Hodges Taylor. Córdova studied engineering before quickly shifting her focus to clay a medium that allowed her to display her technical skill coupled with an impulse to create. Trained as a dancer and raised in the Catholic Church, her staging of the body is referential of both classical gestures of ballet and the theatrics of reverence. Córdova’s work is intimate, both through portraiture of her daughters, and the conveyance of her Puerto Rican culture through object and aesthetic. The sculptures in cuerpo exquisito approach the artist’s recurring subject matter of the body as layered and reactionary to environment, heritage, culture, and politics. In this exhibition, large scale ceramic and
collaged photographic installations create two distinct dialogues through diorama, anchored by her daughter’s body as both model and memento. The artist’s new wall based sculptures navigate what she calls “that little line between what I need to say for myself and how to communicate with the community at large experiencing my work.” Through meticulously hand built clay, Córdova gestures us to reconsider the preconscious power of the body as truly exquisite.

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