By Raymundo Muñoz
In her latest solo show “Hollow But We’re Brave,” Denver artist Sonia Lujan peels back the skin of physical passion to expose the underlying systems that govern it. On show at Crimson Hilt, Lujan’s blurred and grainy sexual imagery hides–sometimes very well–amid layers of anatomical diagrams, patterns, and small objects in an almost overwhelming dynamic of form and function. Dripping in glitter and gloss, there’s a harsh and lurid quality to these pieces that hits you right away. Subtler motifs, though, emerge to tie it all in. For instance, flowers–ever the symbols for life, beauty, and passion–are incorporated in various forms–fabric patterns, embroidery, dried–to augment the objectification of natural design central to the series. As well delicate black lace–a fabric superficially associated with both boudoir and grave site–is incorporated in a way suggestive of the vast and complex interlacing network of blood vessels and connective tissue just beneath our outer coverings. There’s a lot going on in these small pieces, and it begs repeated viewing. Peel back the layers of Sonia Lujan’s “Hollow But We’re Brave” at Crimson Hilt through the first week of December. Photos are from the opening reception.