Friday, May 28, 2010

Lost Girls of the Border - Chris Chernow at the Studio Gallery

Currently on show at the Studio Gallery is Corcoran graduate Chris Chernow's thesis art work. Inspired by the devastating lives led by young Mexican women living on the Mexican-US border, Chernow combines photos and newspaper ads used by desperately searching family members, with serapes, traditional Mexican cloths.

The story of beauty lost to such tragedy is strikingly reflected by the haphazardness of the photographic prints on the beautiful colors of the serapes. The art illustrates the tragic struggle of young women who have been caught in a world of drug trafficking, prostitution, and often rape and murder.

The prints reflect the varying characteristics of these women. While some show the strength of young women, others show the innocence of teenage girls. A number of these cloths can be found folded and stacked against the wall in a manner reminiscent of a morgue. The stacked cloths are anonymous until one pulls them out to discover a girl with a pretty smile and a loving family.

Chris Chernow's show runs from May 26th to June 19th
Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW, Washington D.C., 20008
Wed and Thurs 1-7, Fri 1-8, Sat 1-6. Also by appointment.

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