Dear friend, Enriquito, exhibited a collection of pieces titled ‘Selfismo’ at Essentia in Kensington last evening. It was awesome to reconnect with former Gorilla House folk and to enjoy watching Enriquito bask in the celebration of his work. Enriquito was generous with the hugs as always and humble about his ongoing and prolific collection. It is true that each piece exudes tremendous energy and impacts the viewer at a very deep place.
The venue is unusual because it is a Natural Memory Foam Mattress shop, owned by mother and daughter team, Donna and Crystal. The space is so perfect for exhibition; bright, open and tall ceilings. Another surprise in Calgary! The more I get out and around this city, the more I discover the goings-on and so appreciate the diverse pot of possibilities found here.
Enriquito is sharing the exhibition space with photographer, Jon Devaney, who combines a passion for both science and art. As a geologist and photographer, Jon is able to capture the environment and architecture with a new eye. The combination of crisp photography and Enriquito’s dynamic paintings creates something for everyone! Generously, a draw was held at the closing of the opening, so one lucky attendee took home an Essentia Comfort pillow! It was at this point that I captured Crystal doing a happy dance on one of her beds.
The artwork of Enriquito Hernandez and Jon Devaney will be on display February 6st – March 6th, 2014.