April 8 - May 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8 from 6pm to 8pm
SAMARA Gallery is proud to present “Sonidos Virtuales” by Mariana Copello, an exhibition of sculptures in geometric, post-modern abstraction. Copello’s work arose from the image of the piano in which the appearance of keys rhythmically alternating between light and dark strikes the viewer even before the instrument is played. From that image, Copello developed the concept of asymmetrical segments sporadically jolting up and down, and geometric objects tumbling in and out of walls or mid-air. The shifted bars of color leave behind a negative space, adding lightness and mystery to how these pieces remain suspended in the space. Each work aligns into a musical movement echoing an imaginary musical pentagram and each bright color radiates visual vibrations of the melodic rhythms.
Curator Milagros Bello of Curator’s Voice Art Projects writes, “Behind Copello’s geometric constructivist arrangement hide an aural connection to music. The structural organization of the works prompts to pulsating cadences. It is on the viewer to discover the musical modulations from the visual forms of the sculpture, and to access to the reverberations, the inflections and echoes that emanate from the rich shapes and the accentuated colors that dominate in the works.”
Mariana Copello was born and raised in Venezuela. Although she received her degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, she always looked for ways to point her career towards art. Copello worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia and later started an art school where she taught children for over 10 years. Upon moving to Houston in 2011, she became a student of the Glassell School of Art and has participated in several group exhibitions, juried shows and international art fairs in the United States, Panama, Italy, and Venezuela. In 2014 she was awarded both 1st Place in a Juried Show by prominent local jurors in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and with 2nd Place in Sculpture at the Juried Show Scopes at Curator’s Voice Art Projects Gallery in Miami, USA.
“I love to create large scale sculptures; it is an irresistible feeling. A sculpture is a space that you steal from the universe,” expresses Copello.