Ana Guerra: invisible forces

May 18 - June 23, 2019

Cade Tompkins Projects is pleased to present invisible forces, an exhibition of new paintings by Ana Guerra.  Works include surface murmuration, tender season, and passing thru, which bring to mind visions of water currents or the piercing light of stars in inky skies. Guerra describes that the paintings form the experiences we all share — interior and exterior — small moments as well as those that sometimes overwhelm us with the splendor of being alive — the common landscape of being human.


A second body of work explores Guerra’s interest in small landscape paintings. As she explains, Edited and intensified by memory, the small landscape paintings are based on moments I have seen in the 40 years I have been living on Cape Ann. Everything I have learned about orchestrating light and space starts here. Guerra uses these paintings to develop color and space concerns, henceforth translating them into the larger, abstracted paintings that comprise the majority of her ouevre.


Ana Guerra left Havana, Cuba in 1960, at age 8, arriving with her family into exile in the United States on the day JFK was elected President. In 1968 Guerra attended the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, and in 1974 received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking, with honors, from the Rhode Island School of Design. Guerra has made painting her life’s focus since 1968, and has lived on Gloucester's shore since 1978.