Efforts of Affection
Kruger Gallery Chicago is proud to present “Efforts of Affection” a solo exhibition of Chicago-based Venezuelan artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina. The title of the exhibition references a memoir and a poem of one of Molina’s favorite writers Marianne Moore. The 14 new paintings in this exhibition, many on view for the first time, explore the ways in which Molina regards the particularities of her daily life and the complexities of her relations to family members and friends. Each painting, unique in size and composition, marks a moment in Molina’s final year as an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Imaginatively expressive and powerful, this body of work is filled with seemingly quotidian, but suddenly disquieting images. Her figures, which stand as silhouettes, merge the domestic and curious in one situational setting. Humor and affection are among the emotional resources embedded in the poetry of her work; some of the figurative paintings also continue Molina’s use of the chair to invoke moments of quiet and solitude. The objects in her compositions, rendered in oil and pencil on linen, are charged with psychological awareness and acumen. “A Rose’s ordinary extraordinary stubbornness”, 2016 portrays a rose in full bloom delicately set in space, surrounded by its own shadow as its petals fall from rouge to maroon.
Molina writes, “My current studio is a small rectangular room with average ceilings; it consists of a couple of shelves, a large metal locker, a desk and a white plastic chair that is surprisingly comfortable. Next to the entrance of my studio a wall facing my desk is filled with several small drawings, printed patterns, poems, and other found souvenirs I have affection for. These I look at every morning, or afternoon before I set to work. Never have I come to the studio without sitting at my desk to look at them….I treat linen almost as if it were a kind of wood of the finest grain.”
Jeffly Gabriela Molina is a Chicago-based visual artist from Táchira, Venezuela. Jeffly first moved to the U.S. in 2007 and lived in Miami, Florida for about four years—while there, she attended the New World School of the Arts. In 2011, she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2016. In 2013, she was commissioned by The Rebury South Beach to create and permanently install her sculpture ‘Nest’ at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Collins Avenue in Miami. In 2014, she produced and co-curated ‘yes, you’re in heaven’ in Chicago’s Gold Coast and most recently, she was awarded the 2015 AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts and the 2016 John W. Kurtich travel scholarship. Her work has been collected widely in Chicago and the U.S