MARIO JOYCEAmaryllis’ Garden February 16 – March 16, 2024 403 Foothill Rd, Beverly Hills, CA Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 2024, 6-8PM Special Event featuring guest DJ: February 28, 2024 6-8PM
(Beverly Hills, CA–February 1, 2024) – UTA Artist Space is pleased to announce Amaryllis’ Garden, artist Mario Joyce’s heartfelt homage to his late great-grandmother and the profound impact her urban oasis in Columbus, Ohio had on him as a child. Joyce would spend nostalgic hours in his grandmother Amaryllis’ garden, where she, after whom the exhibition is named, cultivated prize-winning amaryllis flowers. Vintage family photographs from the 1960s and 70s of Amaryllis’ backyard sanctuary provide the setting for several of Joyce’s new paintings. The works explore conceptualizations of heaven, paradise, darkness and light through the lens of Joyce’s upbringing as a young, queer, Black boy growing up between contrasting rural and urban worlds.The mixed-media works interweave elements of heavenly bodies, celestial landscapes and organic matter, symbolizing a quest for tranquility amid the tumultuousness of life as a Black individual in America. A key element of Joyce’s work is the incorporation of soil sourced from his childhood farm, symbolizing an ancestral connection. This tangible link to the past is directly embedded within the canvas using oil paint, a technique that is unique to Joyce’s work. Additionally, Joyce masterfully uses vintage collage materials, spanning from 1969-1999, as portals into time. His preservation process of these components showcases his commitment to presenting narratives through meticulously sourced materials.
“I can’t wait to showcase Amaryllis’ Garden with UTA. The works represent a deeply personal exploration and evoke a celebration of peace that I found in the sanctuary of my great-grandmother’s garden. This is brought to life through the use of soil, vintage collage and impasto brushstrokes,” says artist Mario Joyce. Mariojoyce.com@mariojoyceart ABOUT UTA ARTIST SPACE Since the establishment of its flagship Beverly Hills location in 2018, UTA Artist Space has been committed to showcasing art by globally recognized talent. With the opening of a new Atlanta office and gallery in spring 2023, UTA Artist Space has expanded its impressive vision and reach across the United States. Over the past few years, the gallery’s original location has presented notable exhibitions with interdisciplinary artists and creatives, including The Estate of Ernie Barnes, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Mandy El-Sayegh, Nicholas Kontaxis, Arcmanoro Niles, Ferrari Sheppard, and more. UTA presented a series of pop-up exhibitions at Atlanta’s historic Pullman Yards before inaugurating its permanent gallery space in March 2023 with a solo exhibition by Lonnie Holley. UTA Artist Space, Beverly Hills is located at 403 Foothill Road and is open from 10am-5pm Tuesday through Friday and 11am-4pm on Saturday.
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