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SHOCKOE ARTSPACE is pleased to present Visitor, a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Roberto Jamora.

Visitor brings together two series of Roberto Jamora’s abstract paintings. One based on the systems and parallels within art and sports. The other dealing with color, familiarity, and memory. The word “visitor” brings to mind a person who is present in a space temporarily or a sports team playing away from home.

Roberto paints marks and forms that correspond with actions and symbols found in basketball including brackets, suicide running drills, strategic play formations, trophies, and so on. Part of why he chooses to paint with oil on canvas is because each rectangle is like a court or field where there are specific rules, logic, and history. For Roberto, the studio is like an arena where unscripted drama can take place.

In his “passing memory” series, he attempts to commit important events in his life to memory via painting. Each gradient is a vignette of an experience or place. He reflects on photos he has taken or has been tagged in on social media. Sometimes he mines color purely from memory. Cold wax and oil paint are swiped across the canvas to conceal extraneous possibilities and to limit sentimentality. A thin trace of landscape is revealed. Skin tones, days at the beach, climbing a mountain with a lover, his parents’ backyard, a city sidewalk. Color triggers these recollections.

Roberto Jamora was born in 1987 in Annapolis, MD and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He lives Queens and works in Brooklyn. He holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY). He was an Emerging Artist-Teacher Fellow at Joan Mitchell Foundation and also taught at Purchase College, SUNY. He was a 2014 NY Emerging Artist Grant Nominee at the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. Previously, he has participated in artist residencies at Ragdale and Sambalikhaan. In Fall 2017, he will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA. His work has been included in exhibitions at Scott Charmin Gallery, Fouladi Projects, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Open Space, and ArtHelix.

The exhibition is on view from Friday, June 2nd thru Sunday, August 27th. Gallery hours are by appointment only. For further information and available works, please contact the gallery.


June 2, 2017
August 27, 2017
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12 North 19th Street
Richmond VA
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