BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A Long Island City art gallery will kick off an exhibit featuring two artists this weekend to celebrate Women’s History Month.
The Local Gallery, located at 13-02 44th Ave., is holding its opening reception on March 4 of “The Divine Female,” which features the work of Belarus native Yelena Tylkina and Eduardo Anievas, who hails from Santander, Spain.
In 1987, Congress passed legislation designating March as Women’s History Month and, every year on March 8, women are celebrated worldwide for International Women’s Day.
The exhibition, which is described by The Local Gallery as “an expression of appreciation and love for all women,” will feature artworks depicting women as a “divine creature who alone holds the cosmic mystery of birth and, consequently, our future.”
“It is important to remember that humanity’s first rebel was Eve,” said Anievas. “She was the first to realize that action is necessary to combat complacency and ignorance. She consciously defied the order of things when she chose to pluck the ‘forbidden fruit’ from The Tree of Knowledge. And every new image of a woman has been an interpretation of this curious, rebellious warrior. Every life experience is a kind of precious poetry in motion and an unfolding flower of wonder, desire and joy as one travels through the trials of life.”
Although the exhibit is dedicated to the image of woman, The Local Gallery hopes it will attract both sexes as “the female part of the human psyche known as ‘Anima’ exists in every one of us, whether male or female, as a unique quality of who we are: a receptive, creative, intuitive and often unrealized virtue within us all,” Anievas said.
Tylkina—who often works with oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel painting, graphics, sculpture, murals and portraiture—has created diverse works, including figurative, symbolism, surrealism, imaginary realism, graffiti and erotica pieces.
Anievas, on the other hand, takes a more abstract approach to his works, with most of his pieces using figure as negative space to contextualize an abstract, geometric background that becomes the subject of the painting.
The exhibit, which will kick off on Saturday at 6 p.m., will run through March 19. The opening reception will include complimentary tapas featuring traditional Russian and Spanish foods.
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