November 2, 2011

Lucia Oceguera, "Recollection", Solo Show in East One Gallery

Review by Clara Wanatirta, History of Art and Design Graduate Student (2012)

"Knot in Throat/ Nudo en la Garganta", 2011, video
The broad nature of New Forms opens up a door to endless possibilities. This is
certainly true for MFA student Lucia Oceguera’s exhibition, titled Recollection,
currently displayed at the EastOne Gallery on the first floor of the East Building.
Oceguera has faith in non‐traditional media such as the readymade and video,
seeing little boundaries to their capabilities as tools of expression. Her working
method is flexible, allowing her materials to speak and develop ideas into concrete,
multi‐layered manifestations shown in her final products.
Recollection displays Oceguera’s intention for the liberation of her materials. For
example, physical qualities such as image reflection, found in the mirror in Untitled,
and texture in the grey bricks used in World of Opposites may act as an element in
symbol making or simply play an aesthetic role.

The beauty of the open‐ended nature of Oceguera’s work lies in the fact that theviewer creates his/her personalencounter with each art piece. There is neither
duplication nor monotony as the elements that compose the different pieces
function as parts of a bigger whole as well as their individual entities.
EastOne Gallery as a makeshift artistic venue (the space is formally the Career
Services office) fits Oceguera’s display concept well. Not only are her artworks open
to interpretation, they also work better in non‐traditional exhibition where thereare no dedicated facilities as a support system; Oceguera’s installations work with
any given setting, creating new meanings wherever and however they are displayed.

"World of Opposites", 2010, painted bricks
To Oceguera, this pop‐up method for exhibiting her work allows her, through the
artworks, to enter a person’s personal space without being invasive or perhaps even
consciously acknowledged. Oceguera is thoughtful in integrating her work into
everyday spaces and people’s preset knowledge and experience, making her a
unique artist who produces installation‐based artworks that reach out to a wide
range of audience.

Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing for more information.

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