“It is what it is, and it ain’t what it ain’t. I’m a pretty chill person, and my work, for me, is inspired by life, not conceptual ideas relating to movements. But art should be free for interpretation, so that’s what it is.” So said Monica Kim Garza to Juxtapoz, the Atlanta-based painter who just opened a new solo show, Laredo, at the great V1 Gallery in Copenhagen this month. What is very apparent in her new show is that her chill vibe created an urgent, fast-paced series of works that have expanded her recent works into a story about not only America, but a particular story about Garza’s father’s home city, Laredo, Texas.

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