Opening reception: June 4, 6 – 8 pm
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Lumen, an exhibition of new paintings by Jerry Cabrera. The exhibition includes works from both Cabrera’s Light Paintings series and Cape Paintings series.
Cabrera’s Light Painting series captures the preciousness and sacredness of light through his glowing and vibrant rectangular canvasses. Although abstract, Cabrera’s stacked canvases give the viewer a visual escape and create the sensation of looking at a sunset or gazing through an open window from a dark place. Cabrera’s intent with these paintings is to, “give the viewer a narrow but vast window of light. Narrow enough not to physically fit through, but vast enough through which to visually escape.”
Highlighting the same reverence of light, Cabrera’s Cape Paintings isolate and extract the elements of grace, drama, and fluidity of the bullfight without the glorification of violence or any obvious spectacles associated with the event. Depicting bullfighting scenes with the exclusion of the bull and matador, the movement of the cape becomes the focus that re-examines the intricacies of movement present in the initial stage of a bullfight. The obvious figurative elements are referenced only in their absence, amplifying the active beauty found in the movement of the bullfighter’s cape.
Cabrera lives and works in San Antonio, TX. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Cabrera has exhibited nationally, and his work is included in several prominent collections, including Neiman-Marcus and the AT&T Center.