Last Thursday, I went to the Max L. Gatov Gallery West for the Artist Conversation week. Right here we have a show of “Disquieting” by David De Mendoza and Vanessa Gamboa. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to meet Gamboa. There are seven pieces in the gallery from both of their works. They are Untitled, Sedentary, After The Flesh, The unfathomable Indisposition of Eros, Preliminary Drawings, Deadlights, Last Lullaby. The first two are Gamboa’s works. The third one is just a sketch of Mendoza. The rest are belong to Mendoza also. the works made from oil paint on different size of canvases.
Mendoza and Gamboa didn’t really working together but developing on the same ideas and concepts. Even though, they have different perspectives. Gamboa focuses on the psychological of the work. On the other side, Mendoza just wants to directly show the meaning through his painting.
Disquieting gave me the idea of disturb and disorganize. Mendoza was inspired by horror books and terrifyingly stuffs. He wants to paint out the fear inside people. The main parts from those works are head, eyes, hands, stuffs that people usually fear of, or at least commonly see in the horror movies.
Personally, I have a feeling of missing from Mendoza’s works. It is about fear and horror but the color is too bright and the show was in a clean-white room. They didn’t attack hard enough to the deep side of me. I see that it doesn’t mean to make people scare but to make the think and analyzing their own fears.