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Please Press Pause: an Exhibition of Time & Gratitude

Solo Exhibition by Julie Pelaez

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, October 18th, 6:00-9:00pm

ARTIST STATEMENT

We’ve all felt it at some point - you experience a moment, a stage, or season of life that you wish you could just freeze in time. For me, this moment came during a recent observation: I have kids who still believe in Santa, parents who are active, a body that is able to keep up with the physical demands I place on it, a marriage that still savors “us time”, and the freedom and passion to create artwork... I wanted to press the pause button and continue living in this phase – before health fades, before loved ones pass, before wrinkles further take hold, before my kids lose their innocence… Our reasons to pause may vary between us, but the intensity from feeling the literal passage of time is the same – and since time won’t pause, our mindsets must. This exhibit asks viewers to confront their own current “pause” wish list, really sink into it, and articulate the specifics, either to themselves or on an interactive communal piece.

Every piece in this exhibit has 2 vertical rectangles – a nod to the pause symbol – some more obvious than others. Housed on the back of each original artwork is a blank card for the buyer to fill out their own personal gratitude list. The untitled artwork is then titled according to the month/day/year of its purchase, representing a marker for that person’s pause for reflection. As artworks are generally hung for a span of years, the art itself will serve as a daily visual reminder of pause, while their list will become a time capsule of sorts, to be revisited years down the road when parts of the list have inevitably expired. “Please Press Pause” is a reminder to us all to savor the present, and observe our lives through the lens of gratitude.

Between the time this exhibit was conceived to present, a sibling has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and a grandparent has slipped deeply into dementia, further illustrating the importance of relishing in all things good.

A portion of sales from “Please Press Pause” will be donated to Brushes With Cancer, a program that pairs cancer fighters & survivors with artists to create art inspired by their journey (http://www.twistoutcancer.org/brushes-with-cancer )

Thank you for your support.

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