This collection was exhibited at Artifact gallery in New York City. My first solo show in the Big Apple.
By: María de Lourdes Vaello for Latinamerican Art Magazine October-December 2014
Journalism student University of PR- Río Piedras
writer for Diálogo Digital and editor of EntreParéntesis Hanging from a palette that combines an infinite range of colors, we see green branches cut into the center which are bathed in hues of red, white, blue and orange that outline spring flowers. In another canvas, there are blurry silhouettes, which to the curious eye might appear to be nude women, embodied with subtle undulations of spring colors. These paintings of La Danza del Mangle (Dance of the Mangrove) in the Ponceña artist, Glennys Castro’s collection, are an invitation for you to dare to take a deep breath and appreciate the power of the color, to immerse yourself in her art and with a gentle view, be caressed by the delicacy of her creations. Her paintings combine both a sweet as well as a voracious aesthetic, capable of consuming any spectator. This collection of the Puerto Rican artist with over 20 years’ experience was exhibited at the Artifact Gallery in New York City, from August 6th to the 24th, 2014. The collection includes a series of paintings that transform flowers from their physical state to a dreamlike state, because from all the composed elements ranging from the imaginary to the tangible, it can be inferred that the artist dreamed of these pictures before embodying them.
Each of these offer a different experience, because within the symmetry, the colors and the application techniques of the brush, we find a technical versatility of the artist without altering the subject. We have flowers which grow from the center of the picture taking root sideways, others that spread out horizontally, and others that hang from the ceiling like an enveloping vertical curtain. In turn, Castro surprises us with other creations that interrupt the floral flow of the collection, impacting the eye with yellow, gray, black and white hues which spring out from the top and, following the rhythm of the waves of the sea, land on the other side of the painting in a seductive dance of colors.
This is not the first time the Ponceña artist shows her work outside of Puerto Rico, as her creations have graced galleries in Spain, Luxembourg, Holland and Florence, representing our local talent with great prestige and to international acclaim. To facilitate access to all those interested in following her latest developments the premiere of her virtual gallery is expected soon at: glennyscastro.gallery.