La Jolla’s Scott White Contemporary Art will open two new solo exhibitions by emerging artists Claudia Alvarez and Juan Carballo this weekend. “Girls with Guns” by Alvarez and “Intercoastal” by Carballo are collections uniquely reflective of their Latin American roots and will be available for viewing beginning with an opening reception Saturday through Nov. 3.
Alvarez’s “Girls with Guns” is a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and original ceramic sculptures focused on the themes of childhood.
“I’m influenced by the characteristics and innocence of children,” Alvarez said in an announcement. “Through my art practice I explore emotions and actions related to human conduct, ethics, culture and belief systems, creating images as if they were questions posed by a child, simply yet poignantly, at complex issues in the world today.”
Alvarez has been exploring themes of childhood and the innocence of society through her sculptural work since she first began showing in 1987. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Alvarez immigrated to the United States at the age of three and went on to earn her BA from University of California, Davis. She continued her education with a MFA from California College of Arts in San Francisco and Oakland in 2003.
Alvarez’s work has been shown worldwide and she has permanent collections at the Sheldon Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and El Museo Lation. She currently resides in New York City.
Juan Carballo’s “Intercoastal” is a collection of oil paintings depicting serene nature scenes reflective of his Miami-based home. Carballo, a Miami native, began his formal training in a fine arts magnet program focusing on drawing, painting, drafting and photography. He continued to develop his skills by taking design, drawing and pastel courses at Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami. He has had exhibitions in San Diego, Santa Monica and Miami, where he currently holds a studio in the Mimo District.
A reception for the artists will be held in the gallery on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scott White Contemporary Art gallery located at 7655 Girard Ave. Suite 101, La Jolla, CA.