Monterey Park, CA
Utilizing abstract imagery with conceptual underpinnings, Linda Arreola tacitly contradicts the widely-held perception that figurative and representational techniques – particularly as embraced by many of her Latino contemporaries- are universal painting conventions. Abstraction eschews the illustrative and largely employs shapes, forms, colors and textures to communicate. Though Arreola is not interested in literal notions of depicting or recreating the natural world, her work carries moral connotations – order, purity, simplicity and spirituality are closely held references.
Trained in sculpture and architecture, Arreola is unremitting in her exploration of this exacting visual language and iconography. Her use of abstraction reveals both poise and complete command of the form. This exhibition is chronologically arranged representing works from 2005 through 2016.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website