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Luis Silva | Lovely Monsters

December 17 - January 21, 2006


press release:

Opening Reception: December 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Whether with particles of heavenly fire,
The God of Nature did his soul inspire;
Or earth, but new divided from the sky,
And, pliant, still retain'd th' ethereal energy;
Which wise Prometheus temper'd into paste,
And, mix't with living streams, the godlike image caste . . .
From such rude principles our form began;
And earth was metamorphosed into man.

Ovid, Metamorphoses

G Fine Art is pleased to announce Lovely Monsters, an exhibition of new work by Luis Silva.

This new installation consists of a series of soft sculpted monsters situated within plush landscapes delicately hand made from flannel, fleece, faux fur, yarn and poly fill. These monsters take on the conventional characteristics of plush toys, but Silva disrupts the inviting cuddly form by creating an unrecognizable mutant version. Like Frankenstein's monster, Silva's Lovely Monsters are innocently naive and freakish at the same time. They protrude mutations of growth culled from a list of human deformities that haunt our dreams of genesis.

Through this idea of the "other", these figurative tropes embrace themes of identity that center on beauty, 'creatural' mortality, god/man and man/nature estrangement, and primordial virtue and purity. In embracing the tradition of objects of socialized play and beauty, Lovely Monsters invites notions of companionship that hearkens back to our childhood reliance on invented friends and the humanization of the inanimate. As a sort of invitation to therapy, these plush toys allow us to soften the blow of the unfamiliar and work through our notions of fear in a socially and aesthetically safe environment of fiction and play.


Gallery Hours are Thursday - Saturday, Noon - 5pm
(and by appointment)

4718 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
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