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Mara De Luca

Review: ArtForum

March 1, 2016 - Suzanne Hudson

Atmospheric Abstraction, Quint Gallery, San Diego, Ca
December 12 - January 30, 2016 

"For De Luca, color (and especially colored light) evokes place, specifically Los Angeles. Her paintings often bring to mind dusk, their palettes keyed to such familiar referents as gathering clouds and incandescent sunsets. Planetary orbs recur within the image fields, and brass, nickel, and copper frames appended to border sections of the panels likewise appear throughout, serving as compositional elements that reflect ambient light onto geometric representational forms where they meet the painted gradients."

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Review: Cultured Magazine

November 30, 2015 - Janelle Zara

Mara De Luca: Vice City, Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL
December 3 - January 31, 2015 

"In partnership with Edward Cella Art & Architecture, L.A.-based artist Mara De Luca takes over Holly Hunt’s Miami showroom from December 1 through January 31 with Vice City, an installation of painted abstractions and furniture inspired by the city’s palette. Taking cues from Joan Didion’s 1987 “Miami,” as well as Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, De Luca depicts the multifaceted city in all of its tropical glory."

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Artweek LA Interview

April 23, 2012 - Tracey Harnish

13 Questions for Mara De Luca - Tracey Harnish interviews Mara De Luca on her art and influences. 

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Huff Post Arts Review

November 18, 2011 - Tracey Harnish

In this series of paintings by Mara De Luca, a combination of nebulous skies and vistas merge with luminous and lunar light plays. In every painting the earth’s atmosphere is used like a stage back drop to create a specific ambiance. Washes of color make suggestions; a pre-dawn sky, a horizon filled with clouds or stars, aerial lights, and fog blanketing everything like a filter of fuzzy grayness. There is great and subtle beauty in these large paintings. Yet there is something about them that takes them far beyond just being lovely to look at. There is a disorientation in the locales, time is only vaguely referred to, no clear landmarks are visible, and the resulting feeling is a bit like being cast adrift in the sea. It’s disquieting in these ultra calm landscapes. Hints of man’s existence is found in words that are not easily defined, perhaps left floating in the sky by an airplane’s sky-writing message. Patterned lights invite ideas of landing lights or homes at rest in the valley, lit up at night.

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