Sarina Villareal, Traces: A Collection of Paintings that Investigates Decay Theory

Presented by Sugarhouse Gallery | 2160 S Highland Drive, Salt Lake City 84106
Two Artist Receptions | Friday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Oct. 11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
On View from September 12 to October 31, 2013 | Mon 11 am to 4 pm, Tues through Sat. 11 am to 7 pm


Salt Lake City, UT – Beginning on September 12 and running through October 31, 2013, Sugarhouse Gallery, sponsored by Artistic Framing Co., will present Sarina Villareal’s latest abstract works in a show entitled Traces. Traces is a presentation of the artist’s experience with scholarly learning and the rendered effects of temporal decay.

Sarina Villareal explores the outcome of memory degradation in her most recent body of abstract paintings she calls the Garden series. Villareal begins her process by studying the physiology of a botanical in order to create a neuro-chemical “memory trace” of the plant. Some time later, Villareal paints a ‘portrait’ of the floral working from solely from that memory. Due to what psychologist Edward Thorndike calls “Decay Theory,” recollection of finer aspects begin to diminish almost immediately compelling Villareal to create a canvas on which a foggy environment both engulfs and reveals details of a loosely captured floral.

“I strive to recreate the floral just as it begins to fade from my memory,” explains Villareal. “There is a perfect span of time when I have enough retained information to capture a likeness with a few details before my memory has completely faded.”

Artistic Framing Co. will host two receptions coinciding with the Sugarhouse Art Walk this fall. The opening reception will be Friday September 12th and another artist reception Friday, October 13th 2013 from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

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