Cynthia Giron: Playing in Between

May 22 - July 2 — Dallas, TX

Dallas, May 2019 – Ro2 Art is proud to present Cynthia Giron’s solo exhibition Playing in Between. The show will run from May 22 through July 2, 2019. There will be an artist reception at Ro2 Art at The Magnolia Theatre located at 3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas TX 75204 from 6-8 PM on Thursday, May 23.

Cynthia Giron uses her personal experiences and memories growing up as a first generation American to create her work. focusing on both abstracted forms and more representational objects, she uses a calculated duality of play and control to render her recollections. Giron describes the experience of being brought up within two cultures as often conjuring feelings of isolation and displacement, yet in her work she wants to highlight her journey on finding her identity in the ‘in-between’, through fun, play, and creating. Hands are often depicted in her paintings, used as symbols to represent the artists ties between two cultures. Cynthia Giron uses a childlike approach in Playing in Between to create her own language in exploring her identity and creating space for herself.

Artist Statement
My work is about play.

By focusing on personal narratives and my experiences of growing up as a first-generation American, I touch on themes of nostalgia and the in-between. I create as a way to make a space for myself. Here I am free to explore memories, now that I have the language to describe them. The work is manifested in paintings that combine recognizable objects and parts of the body, especially hands. I use hands to represent the ties I have in both of my cultures. At times, they are just snippets or combined recollections. I see them as a puzzle, where I am carefully attempting to line up each piece to make sense of the whole picture.

Color has always been of special importance to my work, I use bright colors as a way to place focus on particular moments, or for especially vivid memories. The way I draw resembles how I drew as a kid, bold outlines, awkward and playful, only now there is intention placed on how I draw and what remains abstracted or more representational. This way of drawing is juxtaposed with more specifically executed areas, a combination of play and control. Of thinking and remembering.

About the Artist
Cynthia Giron, born in Houston, TX, is a Drawing/Painting MFA candidate at the University of North Texas, she plans to graduate Dec. 2019. She is an artist exploring the concept of the duality of growing up with two cultures and identity as a first generation American. Being brought up with two cultures creates a feeling of isolation and displacement. As a child of immigrants from El Salvador, she explores the ‘place in between’ these two different cultures and brings a personal perspective into the struggles of merging two cultures together.

In her work, she creates ‘things’ or ‘creatures’ that are like her, are in a in between place, they combine recognizable shapes with colorful abstract elements. Play and fun are strong influencers in her work, they recall a childhood nostalgia, of finding her identity through creating art. She creates games, that she plays while working, this keeps the work, fresh and unknown, making her make choices she normally wouldn’t. Fun and play are strong influencers in her work, they recall a childhood nostalgia, of finding her identity through creating art. Her work is comprised of paintings on canvas and paper, drawings, books and zines, working with an assorted of media such as acrylic, airbrush, markers, collage and vinyl paper to create her 2D work.

She has held residency at SCRAP Denton and participated in classes at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Arts League in Houston, Texas. She has received awards for her artwork including: Second Place by the Grapevine Art Dealers Association (GADA) for the Emerging Excellence Show at The Grapevine Tower Gallery and First Place for Overall Body of Work at Houston Bay Area Juried Exhibition, University of Houston Clear Lake Art Gallery. She recently had a solo exhibition as part of MPAC x GDAC (Murchison Performing Arts Center at UNT & Greater Denton Arts Council) collaboration. Her artwork has been included in several juried and non-juried exhibitions including: Art in the Atrium 15 (Frisco), Artspace111 4th Annual regional exhibition (Fort Worth), Annual Graduate Painting & Drawing Exhibition, Lightwell Gallery (Denton), 29th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Retablo Exhibition and Silent Auction at Lawndale Art Center (Houston), Perimeter Gallery at Glassell School of Art (Houston), Rising Eyes of Texas (Rockport, Texas) and the TRAHCs 28th Annual Juried Exhibition at Cabe Hall Regional Arts Center (Texarkana, Texas). Her work has appeared in print and online publications, Voyage Dallas Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, and TULIPS Zine, Vol. 1.2.


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