Art This Week

Bedford + Bowery | November 5, 2019

By Cassidy Dawn Graves

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Two Lovers (After Rocco Porcelain Urn 19th c.), 2019
Acrylic piping on canvas
5 x 7 in., 8 x 10 in., 5 x 7 in.

The first thing an onlooker might notice about the works of Yvette Mayorga is the color, which draws you in with its fluorescent brightness and candied hues. Next, you might notice its unique style, consisting of acrylic piping on canvas instead of brushstrokes. Paired with the colors, the works almost resemble elaborate baked goods or confections—even her sculptures, made of glazed porcelain, could look good enough to eat. Mayorga isn’t just looking to please one’s sweet tooth; her work (on view starting Thursday at Soho gallery Geary) also provides commentary on the so-called American Dream, which isn’t quite so dreamy for everyone.