#46 Hilliary Gabryel introduced by Maria Yolanda Liebana, Nov 9, 2022


Join us on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00 pm for an artist talk at Espresso 77 cafe at 35-57 77th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. We invite you to arrive around 7 pm, settle in with a drink and/or food, and grab a seat. Espresso 77 is pleased to offer a happy hour until 8 pm for our event.

The evening will begin with JHAT veteran Maria Yolanda Liebana sharing images of her recent paintings.

Maria will be followed by Hilliary Gabryel who will give a 30-40 minute talk about her sculptures and installations.

An informal Q&A will follow.

The event is free, but the purchase of a beverage or food item is strongly encouraged in support of our venue partner Espresso 77.

Event will also be live streamed via our FB page.


Hilliary Gabryel is a sculptor based in Queens, NY. Her large-scale work is assembled of found objects that she deploys as commodifications of aspirational luxury. She configures the objects in new formats, and transforms their surfaces through processes of patterning, upholstery and material applications. Gabryel is a founding member of the feminist collective MATERIAL GIRLS, a non-hierachical group of sculptors and digital artists formed in 2016. She has presented work independently, and with her collective in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Minnesota, MN; Richmond, VA. Residencies and awards include the Queens Art Fund New Work Grant, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Wassaic Guest Artist Residency, and ASMBLY Session #1. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as attended the Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Studio Program

Maria Yolanda Liebana is a MAXIMALIST! Her work is fueled by an obsession with celebrity, pop motifs, media in all formats, aesthetics, and excessive consumption, as well as the seductive promises that these symbols offer. Liebana confronts wealth inequality, racial and gender stereotyping, and her own disillusionment with the American dream as a first-generation Latinx artist. As part of her practice, she collects high- and low-end art materials and reassembles them with organic, abstract forms and feminine signifiers – reclaiming these once familiar material goods to form objects with new value and meaning. And through a process of attraction and repulsion, Liebana satisfies her personal consumerist desires, achieving a sense of empowerment, and shaping her identity in a hyperconnected and materialist society. Maria Yolanda holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Maine College of Art. Solo shows include Awakening at Kravets Wehby Gallery (2022) Devour at Departures Studios (2020) and ¿Tres Marias Donde Esta Mi Felicidad? at Local Project Art space (2018). She has particpated in numerous group shows recently Party of One at My Pet Ram, A Diasporic State of Mind/El Estado Mental Diaspórico at Praxis Gallery, Femme at FLXST Gallery in Chicago, and Vernacular Glamour at The Cambridge Art Center in Boston.

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