Just a Title

In "Just a Title", Stephanie Mercado examines and interprets how history is recorded. She transforms the narrative by introducing gaudy gold chains and cartoonish dollar bills. These contemporary elements reveal how the power of images have influenced American culture, fostering the proverbial “American Dream”.Mercado’s recent portraits of maids tell a story about power, class, and human relationships. The portraits explore themes of subjugation and the nuances by which people try to maintain their identity, dignity, and independence. The black and white uniforms of the maids define a role that depersonalizes them, but their multicolored legs reflect a rich psychological existence. Each character is caught in a place between reality and a world that is deformed and shaped by the people who control their environment.Stephanie Mercado received her B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from California State University (Long Beach, CA). She was also part of California State University’s, Drawing and Painting International Program. This year, Mercado’s work was included in the group show, Contemporary Retellings, at the Colorado Center for the Arts (Grand Junction, CO). Additionally, her work has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions throughout California and Texas. Stephanie Mercado currently resides in Los Angeles.

Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 to Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Calling

The Calling, 2017, gouache on yupo, p.s. 8 x 8" / f.s. 12 7/8 x 12 7/8"

The Game VII (53%)

The Game VII (53%), 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 45 x 74" / f.s. 49 1/2 x 79"

A Rising Tide

A Rising Tide, 2017, oil on canvas, 12 x 16"

Can't Go Back to...

Can't Go Back to Yesterday, 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 12"

Nothing is Forever

Nothing is Forever, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 4 3/8 x 4 1/8" / f.s. 12 1/2 x 12 1/8"

Dream

Dream, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 30 x 22" / f.s. 34 5/8 x 26 5/8"

Untitled

Untitled, 2017, gouache on yupo, p.s. 14 x 11" / f.s. 18 1/8 x 15 1/8"

Untitled

Untitled, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 40 x 32" / f.s. 44 5/8 x 36 5/8"

Prowling Lion

Prowling Lion, 2017, gouache on yupo, p.s. 14 x 11" / f.s. 18 1/8 x 15 1/8"

Untitled

Untitled, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 12 x 12" / f.s. 16 1/8 x 16 1/8"

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After, 2017, gouache and gold leaf on paper, p.s. 40 x 32" / f.s. 45 x 37"

Untitled

Untitled, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 4 1/2 x 4" / f.s. 12 1/2 x 12 1/8"

The Game V (Maybe No...

The Game V (Maybe No One Will Notice), 2016, gouache on yupo, p.s. 42 x 59 1/2" / f.s. 47 x 65 1/8"

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Not for Nothing

Not for Nothing, 2017, oil on canvas, 12 x 9"

How Long is Forever?

How Long is Forever?, 2017, oil on canvas, 12 x 6"

The Future is Female-iar

The Future is Female-iar, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 7 1/2 x 7 1/2" / f.s. 15 5/8 x 14 7/8"

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 6 x 6" / f.s. 9 5/8 x 9 5/8"

The Resignation

The Resignation, 2017, gouache on yupo, p.s. 14 x 11" / f.s. 18 1/8 x 15 1/8"

Untitled

Untitled, 2017, gouache on paper, p.s. 4 x 4" / f.s. 12 1/2 x 12 1/8"

11:11

11:11, 2017, oil on canvas, i.s. 5 x 7" / f.s. 5 3/4 x 7 3/4"

The Game VI

The Game VI, 2017, gouache on yupo, p.s. 11 x 14" / f.s. 15 1/8 x 18 1/8"