Reality of Placement

“REALITY OF PLACEMENT”
An Exhibition of Contemporary Latin American Art
September 23rd to November 22nd 2013
UNION COLLEGE VISUAL ARTS ATRIUM ART GALLERY
807 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308-3107 Tel.: 518-388-6714

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: October 3rd 2013 at 5:00PM, in the gallery.
PANEL DISCUSSION: October 3rd 2013, starting at 6:00PM, in room 215 of the Visual Arts Building.
PANEL ARTISTS: ISMAEL CHECO, ANTHONY MONTES, ROXANNA MELENDEZ, XAVIER FIGUEROA
Panel Organizer & Moderator:
PROFESSOR LORRAINE MORALES COX
Department of Visual Arts Union College
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
ALAIN GUTIERREZ, CARLOS BARBERENA, CARLOS SOLIS, DIO-GENES ABREU, ISMAEL CHECO, KAREN MACHER, JAMIE RODRIGUEZ, LISSETTE SOLORZANO, ALEXIS MENDOZA, ANTHONY MONTES, PATRICIA HENRIQUEZ, JESUS RIVERA, MIGUEL LESCANO, LUIS STEPHENBERG, RAMON PERALTA, ROXANNA MELENDEZ, XAVIER FIGUEROA.

PROJECT CURATOR: ALEXIS MENDOZA

Union College’s Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs are happy to announce the opening of “Reality of Placement,” an exhibition of contemporary Latin American art on view from September 23- November 22, 3013. An exhibition reception will be held at 5pm on October 3, 2013 in the gallery followed by a four artists panel at 6:00pm in room 215 located on the second floor of the Visual Arts building, directly above the gallery.

Organized by M&B Latin American and Contemporary Art Projects, “Reality of Placement” addresses the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to the experiences of migration globally and the people, ideas and objects that pass from one culture to another. The artists suggest a sense of documentation, fiction or non-fiction, creating a conglomerate of clues that never completely stop sending information. The artists in the show weave connections between past and present, a form that stipulates its own shifting terms, constantly renewing and differentiating meaning from one moment to another. Some of the artists are acutely aware that they are trying to capture a moment that is quickly turning into a documented journey of their own migration situation.

“Reality of placement” presents artists who have a long term relationship with their subjects and who use various mediums to break down the barriers of neighborhood, family, and identity and seek to address the spaces that emerge in-between them. The exhibiting artists addresses the call for a rational and creative interpretation on the action of human migration and exile that presents particular perspectives achieved throughout various genres and media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, installation and printmaking.

The Jungle“The Jungle” (after Lam) Linocut by Carlos Barberena.

“Carlos Barberena’s sensibility of his created forms, coupled with use of elements, create movement that invites viewers to activate their visual and emotional perceptions. His Gaze serving position throughout visually in unison and his hand responds to that, abstracting glare and coordinates. The multiplicity of signs on their production is related to a background lysergic, where he tries to give an answer to almost organic means and supports contemporaries’ creations. Formal investigation and conceptual works which, although three-dimensional product approaches are diametrically opposed. Barberena’s analytical possibilities rooted in a deep understanding of the material in its deployment space, shows several dimensional achievements, accompanied by conceptual ideas, a preparatory work originating from his imprint of love and experimental paradigms”
Alexis Mendoza*

*Alexis Mendoza is an artist, writer an independent curator, co-founder and co-curator of the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial.

CONTACTS:
Office of Multicultural Affairs: Jason Benitez, Director
Department of Visual Arts: Lorraine Morales Cox, Associate Professor of Visual Arts
M&B Latin American and Contemporary Art Projects: Carmen Bello, Director of Exhibitions
Gallery hours:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
All events are free and open to the public.
Union College Visual Arts Atrium Art Gallery
Visual Arts Building
807 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308-3107
518-388-8710
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Union College
Reamer Campus Center
Schenectady, NY 12308
518-388-6030

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