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"By Chance refers to the act of choosing, how does one make a choice.... In the end it all goes according to circumstance. Choice is regulated many times by taste, and taste is regulated by learned behavior among other things." - Carla Arocha 2003

This exhibition of new work by Venezuelan-born Carla Arocha will feature new paintings (including a super-charged piece based on the image above titled "Vanessa"), a wall of abstract drawings, and site-specific installation. Her meticulously-crafted and optically-challenging work exudes an air of obsession while revealing subtle acts of random disarray. Arocha's investigation of the intersection of style, substance, and the human condition continues to be seen through a veil of pattern-based work all the while challenging the notion of "painting" itself.

Arocha currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from University of Illinois in Chicago. Her work is in there permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; FundaciĆ³n Banco Mercantil, Caracas; British Airways, O'Hare Internatinal Airport, Chicago; Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton, Florida; American Express, New York, New York; and numerous private collections. Recently she was included in several important exhibitions throughout Europe including Fonkeling (shimmering) at Cultureel Centrum Stombeek, Grimbergen, Belgium curated by Luk Lambrecht; Politicas de la Diferencia: Arte Iberoamericano de Fin de Siglo, a group show of contemporary Latin American artists curated by Victor Zamudio Taylor still traveling; and most recently featured at ARCO up and coming booth - Madrid Spain curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor.

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Carla Arocha
by chance