Life Bearings

Carly Butler, Hyang Cho, Elsa Mora, Vessna Perunovich and Anila Rubiku

Curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-8pm

Runs through Saturday, October 8, 2016


For different reasons, shifting their place of origin will set the destiny of five female artists: Vessna Perunovich, Anila Rubiku, Elsa Mora, Hyang Cho and Carly Butler (respectively born in Serbia, Albania, Cuba, Korea and Canada). 

The physical distance between their places of birth is not an obstacle when exploring certain instants in time that question the limits between the absent and the present, between weakness and strength.

The exhibition examines existential and autobiographical elements: these elements attract us not only because of their emotional power in perceiving reality but also because of their acceptance - and modification - of it. The drawings, unique impressions, objects, sculptures and videos weave ambivalent stories that loop in private or collective scenarios. Shrewdly, each of these five artists conceives a non-conventional conceptual narrative that revisits the past, scavenges the present and alerts us to the future of human conduct.   

By Magda Gonzalez-Mora, 2016

Excerpt from Exhibition Essay

Elsa Mora,  Core , 2016, digital print and scratched imprints on canvas, 60 x 40 in.

Elsa Mora, Core, 2016, digital print and scratched imprints on canvas, 60 x 40 in.

Vessna Perunovich

Moments of Consequence, 2010-ongoing, 16 x 12 inches each, watercolour paper, ink


Moments of Consequence (detail)

Moments of Consequence (detail)


Two Sides of the Story (detail), 2014, 8.75 x 11.5 inches (open), notebook, ink

Finding Love, 2012, video: 3:05 min.; loop, sound , edition of 5 (1 AP)


Elsa Mora


Weightless #1-5, 2016, 20 x 20 inches framed each, mixed media (photos, cotton thread, paper)


Weightless #5 (detail)

Weightless #1 (detail)

Core #1 and Core #2, 2016, 60 x 40 inches each, digital print, string, canvas

Hyang Cho

Hourglass, 2013, 6.6 x 3.5 inches, glass

Journal, 2016, 10 x 15 inches (open), notebook, pencil

Sphered, 2016, 6.5 x 6.5 inches, found glass jars

Anila Rubiku

250 grams of love; 8,82 ounces of love, series: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Lover, 2016, 39.5 x 10.25 x 6.75 inches, plastic, paint

Consequences of Love #1 -11, 2016, 26 x 18.5 inches unframed, 11 silkscreen, Arches paper, edition of 3 (silver)

Consequences of Love (detail)

Consequences of Love (detail)

Carly Butler

The merest of clues and intuition must be mustered, 2016, 36 x 48 inches, drywall compound, gesso, ink and graphite on canvas

General Considerations on Anchoring I, 2016, 30 x 60 inches, drywall compound, gesso, ink and graphite on canvas

Certain mistakes are of frequent occurrence, 2016, 48 x 22 inches, resin, edition of 3

Certain mistakes are of frequent occurrence (detail)

Certain mistakes are of frequent occurrence (detail)

Calms are usually only of a temporary nature (left, diptych -detail), 2015, 15 x 22 inches unframed each, blind letterpress, archival Magnani Revere paper, edition of 3 (2 APs)


Reviewing Stress and Tension (detail), 2016, dimensions variable, resin, string