Opening Sept 10, 2021 at Park Life - Gina M. Contreras - Hey There Lonely GirlAugust 14th, 2021
Gina M. Contreras
Hey There Lonely Girl
Park Life Gallery
220 Clement Street
SF CA 94118
Park Life is happy to announce our second gallery show with artist Gina Contreras. Gina’s show titled Hey There Lonely Girl will include a selection of new paintings and works on paper.
I approach my work with a symbolic perspective, painting melancholy self-portraits that are light-hearted and depict honestly my aspirations and disappointments with Western beauty standards and romantic prospects. I seek to produce and create an abundance of sexual vulnerability that reflects and accepts the physical space I take up, but not to minimize myself, to make others —or the male driven aesthetic ideal—comfortable.
Born in the Central Valley of California, Gina M. Contreras incorporates drawing and painting to examine the complexity of traditional and cultural standards. Contreras uses self-portraits to embrace the narrative between her conventional Chicana upbringing and her admiration for modern lowbrow culture of self-awareness and body acceptance. In 2008 she received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.
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