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“Are You Destined to Become your Mother?”

Sacramento artist Nathan Cordero will have his first museum one person show at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis from July 8th through August 20th. A self-taught artist, Cordero uses everyday images, especially cigarettes and people in his work, which often involves cutting into or drawing on doorskin or other kinds of found plywood. A new body of work involves cutting letters of the alphabet into large dry leaves. In addition to his imagistic work, Cordero also paints or cuts short phrases into wood, running all the letters together to make deciphering them difficult, abstracting them. The phrases are overhead bits of conversation, or things he has read, that strike his interest, in the tradition of such artists as Christopher Wool, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, and others.

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