Diana Guerrero-Maciá’s quilted, sewn, sculptural images subvert traditional notions of pure painting. The works push the medium’s boundaries by using unconventional material to investigate the linguistic and visual lives of found items. Each project begins with a visually compelling object that is flattened, framed, and classically studied from multiple perspectives. The colorful drawings and collages are shown alongside the result: large-scale patchwork abstractions based on the original but composed out of fabric.
In the images wools, felts, and corduroys combine to create creamy whites, rich expanses of color, and antiquated lettering that hint at the artist’s Cuban mother’s quilting, her father’s love of design, and her experience of the graphic sensibility of America. Referencing diverse fields such as Pop, ready-mades, folk, and advertising, the projects challenge modernist ideas of what painting can be and propose that context determines when the castoff or the commercial becomes art.
Diana Guerrero-Maciá received her MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1992. Solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2003); Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL (2003); and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2002). Group exhibitions include Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (2003); White Columns, New York, NY (2002); and the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN (2000). The artist lives in Chicago, IL where she is Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.