Monica Kim Garza
Baguettes

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MONICA KIM GARZA

September 8th – October 16th, 2021

Opening Wednesday, September 8th from 6-8pm

86 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013

The Hole is proud to present the New York solo debut by Monica Kim Garza. In twelve paintings and three works on paper this show is big and bodacious,  large enough to satisfy everyone’s curiosity about this amazing artist they might have only heard about. In Baguettes, Monica’s signature nonchalant characters return in new oil paintings on canvas and works on paper, gathering to feast, drink, smoke and celebrate. Each figure is rendered in broad, bold strokes, often highlighted with collage materials such as wool, yarn and glitter.

Full of camaraderie and joie de vivreBaguettes includes not only long, delicious loafs of bread but also refers to “chopsticks” in French and calls to mind the community with which we share our meals. Garza’s charming heroines convene for more than sustenance: they beam with fulfillment and pleasure as they sip from their glasses and graze upon various carbs, many of which take on the undeniably phallic shape of French bread. The preparation and consumption of food is not just a way to dabble in hedonism but is also closely tied to personal tradition and nostalgia, which is reflected in the layered process of Garza’s painting. Gradually building up the surface by applying thick strokes of paint over and over again, the artist is perhaps immersed in fond memories of moments spent with her loved ones.

Monica Kim Garza (b. 1988 New Mexico) has gained widespread recognition through her vibrant portrayals of women of color. The Mexican-Korean artist rejects the male gaze, celebrating confident and uninhibited women through her figurative works. Visually her paintings are lively and instantly recognizable, presenting brown-skinned, curvy women engaging in leisurely activities. Garza experiments with form and contour, reimagining the classical female nude in oil, acrylic and collage on canvas. She has exhibited at V1 gallery and New Image Art for many years and recently also Ruttowski 68 in Cologne and Galerie Julien Cadet in Paris.

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MKG 15Monica Kim Garza, Reffen, 2021. Oil, glitter, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90 inches, 153 x 230 cm.

MKG 19Monica Kim Garza, I Only See These People Once A Year, 2021. Oil, oil pastel, embroidery string, glitter, wool, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 80 inches, 178 x 203 cm.

MKG 23Monica Kim Garza, Spicy Schzeuan, 2020-21. Oil, acrylic, yarn, glitter on canvas, 58 x 80 inches, 148 x 204 cm.

MKG 22Monica Kim Garza, Dimsum, 2020-21. Oil, acrylic, wool and yarn on canvas, 58 x 80 inches, 148 x 204 cm.

MKG 17Monica Kim Garza, At The Neighbors’ Party, 2020-21. Oil and wool on canvas, 56 x 81 inches, 142 x 205 cm.

MKG 16Monica Kim Garza, Cheers to Us, 2020-21. Oil and pastel on canvas, 58 x 80 inches, 147 x 204 cm.

MKG 18Monica Kim Garza, What Do You Want to Drink?, 2020-21. Oil, oil pastel, acrylic, glitter on canvas, 58 x 80 inches, 148 x 204 cm.

MKG 21Monica Kim Garza, 죽을만큼 마셔보자 (Let’s Drink Until We Die), 2021. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 58 x 70 inches, 148 x 178 cm.

MKG 24Monica Kim Garza, 핫도그 (Corndog), 2021. Oil, acrylic, glitter, embroidery string, felt on canvas, 56 x 70 inches, 143 x 178 cm.

MKG 20Monica Kim Garza, Mah Gah Ree Tah, 2021. Oil, glitter, acrylic, felt, yarn, collaged paper on canvas, 56 x 64 inches, 143 x 163 cm.

MKG 26Monica Kim Garza, Baguette, 2021. Oil, glitter, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 48 inches, 178 x 122 cm.

MKG 25Monica Kim Garza, Lonely Girl, 2021. Oil, oil pastel, acrylic, glitter on canvas, 70 x 47 inches, 178 x 122 cm.

MKG 29Monica Kim Garza, Corn Dog Study, 2021. Charcoal on newsprint, 36 x 24 inches, 92 x 61 cm.

MKG 28Monica Kim Garza, French Baguette Study 2, 2021. Charcoal on newsprint, 36 x 24 inches, 92 x 61 cm.

MKG 27Monica Kim Garza, French Baguette Study 3, 2021. Charcoal on newsprint, 36 x 24 inches, 92 x 61 cm.