Archway Gallery presents Embraced by the Void Mexican Painter, Cecilia Villanueva, Interprets Vacuum in Architecture

Embraced by the Void Mexican Painter, Cecilia Villanueva, Interprets Vacuum in Architecture

Archway Gallery

Dunlavy, Houston, Texas 77006 (713) 522-2409                                                                     

Archway Gallery presents Embraced by the Void Mexican
Painter, Cecilia Villanueva, Interprets Vacuum in Architecture




Exhibition                   October
7 – November 2, 2017


Opening Reception

DATE:                          Saturday,
October 7, 2017

TIME:                           5
– 8 p.m., Artist Talk: 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION:                  Archway
Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy,

Houston, Texas 77006


Complimentary Valet

& Light Refreshments




Houston, Texas Cecilia Villanueva 's
exhibition, Embraced
by the Void
, will be on view October 7 – November 2, 2017. The
artist will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on

Saturday, October 7,
2017, from 5 – 8 p.m. with an Artist’s Talk at 6:30 p.m.


Villanueva reflects upon open spaces using few lines and very few architectural
structures, creating compositions which verge on the void. Through her artwork,
she creates a path to dark yet necessary spaces; a vacuum
in a world without limits.


the past 15 years, the artist has created paintings inspired by and depicting
architecture from the past and present. On her city walks she noticed that
architecture today is no longer about solid buildings; instead, it is more
about voids and a sense of vacancy. After several years of observing these
immaterial spaces in architecture, she decided to make an imaginary journey
into the insubstantial void.


to be embraced by the void, Villanueva immersed herself into an architectonical
space she found, almost by accident, in cities around the world; her paintings
are of a place called vertigo which is a path to a dark yet necessary space…
the vacuum. Villanueva says, “I felt vertigo… and fear. I was seriously
experimenting with my mind, and the leap into the void required courage.”


this solo show is about architecture, her inspiration more specifically comes
from the French philosopher Edgar Morin and his work on “complex thought” which
has resulted in the artist’s attempt to immerse herself more deeply and
adequately into understanding the complexity of our present life. In these
paintings, you will see few lines and minimal architectural structures on the
verge of the void. She tempts us with a voyage to the unknown and makes us feel
the need to jump into her dark indigo palette; this is not an attempt to escape
life but to go deep into ourselves depleted of paradigms, media, and politics in
search of answers to the complex questions presented by the 21st


most recent body of work by Cecilia Villanueva includes paintings which appear
clean, cool, and almost clinical. They are mostly aerial views from what is
seen when traveling by airplane, or views from Google Earth. These paintings
are tactile, rendered in oils and mineral ink. We are reminded that one can
only dare to follow the challenge from the New York-based writer Mila Jaroniec,
“Do not merely fall, but place yourself inside the void where one can only go
with the removal of any external influences.” Literally, come and jump.

Media Contact

Debra Ford

(281) 415-0673

Resolution Images Available


ARCHWAY GALLERY  Artist owned and operated since 1976. Archway Gallery, one of Houstons
and the nation
oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is
open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been
exhibiting the work of the area
s finest artists,
providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including
sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. One of the
more than 30 member artists is always on site, providing visitors a unique
experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal
insight into the process. Each month features a special exhibition highlighting
member artist(s). The public is invited to the monthly opening receptions that
celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of
each month from 5 – 8 p.m.  In addition
to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and
monthly readings for local writers and authors, as well as a “Tea and Tour”
program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current
exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments. 
With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the
Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information,
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