Juan Negroni ‘s “Máscaras”, detail, ink on paper.
The gallery is pleased to present a new two-person exhibition: Hail Mary, featuring the works of Francesca Brunetti and Juan Negroni. The title of the exhibition comes from the Roman Catholic prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, whose idea of sexual purity was instrumental to define religious views about women, gender, and male domination in Christianity. This exhibition occurs amidst Pope Francis' most recent remarks scolding people who choose pets over children as “selfish”. Brunetti and Negroni, whose nationalities are Italian and Puerto Rican respectively, discuss male insidious cultural narrative interventions about women destined to perpetuate sexual objectification and historic obliteration. The works presented in this exhibition are tied by an artistic approach rooted in traditional illustration techniques; Brunetti uses sensual gestural strokes while Negroni’s lines are rigid and candid.
Francesca Brunetti is an artist and a scholar, and her research involves interdisciplinary approaches to studio art, gender studies, sustainability, and well-being. In her work, Francesca analyzes how cultural artifacts contribute to creating and reinforcing gender stereotypes and she uses drawing and creativity to deconstruct these stereotypes. She brings ecology and environment into this discourse by considering how the relationship between women and their territories influences women’s material and cultural existence. She uses imagination to rethink this relationship between women and the environment in a way that brings to women social power and sensorial fulfillment and promotes sustainability.
“Hail Mary”: Francesca Brunetti and Juan Negroni. February 12- March 12. This exhibition is by appointment. Masks will be required to enter the gallery. For more information: https://www.lilianablochgallery.com/