Sculptures by Cruz, Photos by Tortora at Marina Gallery

'Gardian Angel' Lucille Tortora

Revered objected sculpted in Retablos; photographs reassembled in Mythscapes

The Marina Gallery announces the opening of an exhibition of sculptures by Ada Pilar Cruz and photographs by Lucille Tortora. The exhibition will open on Friday, July 6, and continue through Sunday July 29. The public is invited to the opening reception for the artists on the 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ada Cruz, detail from Scarred Woman, wood-fired clay, 2012

Cruz’s sculptural figures of Retablos are works meant to suggest revered objects such as those found above and behind an altar. Each clay figure is fired in wood or reduction kilns, giving each figure a distinct individuality, from which emanates a special presence within. Cruz’s works have been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Newark Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of Art and locally, Garrison Art Center. She teaches at the Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center and Mercy College.

In Mythscapes Tortora reassembles her photographs to make a new image that flows. While she is interested in the individual photograph, it is in their reconstruction that she focuses. She wants the viewer to see the overall image and then discover the components. Her goal is to achieve the essence of the whole through abstraction and fragmentation. Tortora’s black and white archival photographs have been included in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. They are in museums, corporate and private collections.

The Marina Gallery is located at 153 Main St. in Cold Spring and gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information visit the gallery website  or phone 845-265-2205.

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