Cristina Vergano

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The Laws of Attraction
November 1st – December 21st, 2014
Woodward Gallery

  • The Laws of Attraction XXIII, 2014
    Oil on wood
    72 x 60 inches; 182.88 x 152.4 cm
  • L to R:
    The Laws of Attraction I, 2011;
    The Laws of Attraction XL, 2014;
    Laws of Attraction IX, 2014;
    Laws of Attraction XXIII, 2014
  • The Laws of Attraction XL, 2014
    Oil and collage on panel;
    artist-made frame with hand painted antique
    wood pediment and metal insects
    65.25 x 47.25 inches; 152.4 x 127 cm
  • The Laws of Attraction XLI, 2014
    Oil on aluminum
    23 x 23 inches; 59.7 x 59.7 cm
  • The Laws of Attraction XC
    Oil on wooden panel
    23.75 x 29.75; 60.3 x 75.6 cm
  • The Laws of Attraction I, 2011
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 40 inches; 83.8 x 101.6 cm
  • L to R:
    The Laws of Attraction XL, 2014;
    The Laws of Attraction XXIII, 2014
  • L to R:
    The Laws of Attraction IX, 2013;
    The Laws of Attraction XXIII, 2014
  • L to R:
    The Laws of Attraction XXXIII, 2013;
    The Laws of Attraction XXI, 2013
  • Photo by Dwight Pierre ©, 2014
  • Photo by Dwight Pierre ©, 2014
  • Photo by Dwight Pierre ©, 2014
  • Photo by Dwight Pierre ©, 2014
  • Photo by Dwight Pierre ©, 2014

Artist Cristina Vergano depicts wildlife locked in evolutionary struggles for primacy and reproduction. She freely mixes techniques that span from oil painting to collage, and often paints on unexpected found objects. Classical Latin quotes float through her paintings, shedding further meaning and lending a graphic, very contemporary dimension to this new body of work. The result is strong and original, sui generis.

Cristina Vergano explains her unforgettable animal imagery as the metaphor for life:

“…Struggle, fascination, aggression and longing are present, in different combinations, in each painting’s entanglement or standstill…

Agression and sex drive, the cornerstones of evolutionary survival, often blend together.
…In addition to this Darwinian/Freudian dimension, “The Laws of Attraction” touches on a more existential note: each one of us is a warrior, each is a hero, struggling against the forces that confront us. In this sense, this cycle of paintings is my very personal interpretation of the early Romantic concept of ‘Sturm und Drang’: life as a turbulent, heroic struggle against the forces that confront us.

The fight is a vital expression of passion, the essence of life itself.”