NEW YORK & KENT, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Claudia DeMonte today announced her newest project “La Forza Del Destino”, opening at the June Kelly Gallery on April 10th, 2014 (6-8pm) through May 13.
La Forza Del Destino examines, through painting and sculpture, destiny and the unique global perspectives and icons that represent luck, superstition, and protection from the evils of the world. DeMonte’s focus on women remains consistent in this project as the mythological controllers of destiny, the Fates, are images of women. Symbols of luck and protection are harnessed in each piece depicting protection in numerous cultures – Mal’occhio, Il Corno, Hamsa, lucky numbers and animals.
Claudia DeMonte said that growing up Italian in Astoria, Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S., surrounded by good luck amulets and symbols from various cultures informed her of the prevailing beliefs and incredible reliance on symbols of luck and protection.
The art is quite postmodern. It transforms personal iconography to present day historically based images that have lived for centuries.
In Eleanor Heartney’s recent book, Claudia DeMonte, Agnes Gund describes Claudia: “… Claudia and I found we shared an interest in feminism, in global issues, in effecting social change through the visual arts…trying to blend art and activism wherever we could. I have watched with admiration as Claudia has undertaken one endeavor after another as an artist, curator, collector, activist and educator. Her projects are diverse and heterogeneous, yet unified by deeply personal sensibility and a strikingly rich vision of the world.”
DeMonte lives and works in NYC and Kent, CT. She has visited over 150 countries and curated Women of the World (Pomegranate). Her work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide.
The June Kelly Gallery is located at 166 Mercer Street, NYC, NY – 212-226-1660.