The passionate perseverance of gallerist Eva Chimento continues in a wondrous way with the presentation of works by two artists, Pamela Smith Hudson and April Bey, opening in the main gallery and project room, respectively, on September 7.

While both incorporate much layering in their work, the styles of each artist are quite different — the minimalist landscapes of Smith Hudson in contrast with the vibrant and often glitter-augmented Afrofuturism of Bey — but there are some commonalities. “I think the throughline here with both artists hinges on the notion of fantasy,” says Chimento.

In Pamela Smith Hudson’s Marking Space, that manifests via her encaustic painting of organic abstractions. Using printmaking, layers of paint, wax and collage, new forms and shapes emerge with topographical references. Often with monochromatic mottling, some works seem to be gurgling, ready to erupt like a dormant volcano. The UCLA graduate began her career as a graphic design artist and abstract printmaker, working for 15 years in the art materials industry. 

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Pamela Smith Hudson, Detail of a work on paper 45 x 36 inches, encaustic on paper, Untitled, 2019 (Courtesy of Chimento Contemporary)

For April Bey, it’s the layers of history, visions and black thought that make up her own brand of black girl magic. She will be showing new work from her Atlantica series, which operates on the premise of the artist being from another planet. “This was a narrative my father used when I was very young to explain why I didn’t look like the kids in my class when I was being bullied and why white supremacy existed,” she writes via email from Ghana, where she is on an educational creative residency. Bey grew up in the Caribbean (Nassau, Bahamas) and now resides and works in Los Angeles.

With these works, Bey goes at warp speed into Afrofuturism and Afro-surrealism as a means of surfacing colonialism, with brilliant sparkly details. One example of her process is revealed when she relays, “We were able to screen print glitter through a mesh screen and I produced mixed media CMYK screen prints with hand-sewn corners.” 

Imagine the fantasy their pairing will yield. Be it over imaginary landscapes or to another planet, we will most certainly travel and explore along with both women. 

Chimento Contemporary, 4480 W. Adams Blvd., West Adams; opening reception: Sat., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.; through Oct. 19;(323) 998-0464;

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April Bey, Divine Venus (Glittered Blue and Gold), 2018, Hand-sewn glitter canvas on wood panel wrapped in Ghanaian Chinese wax fabric, 12×12 inches (Courtesy of Chimento Contemporary)

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