TARSILA DO ALMARAL
On Friday November 3rd, I went to listen to exhibition curator Stephanie D'Alessandro, Metropolitan Museum of Art, on her talk about Tarsila do Almaral. The one hour talk filled me with intrigue and a desire to read about Tarsila's biography.
On the description given about her at the exhibit, we learn that Tarsal do Almaral (1886-1973) is considered a "central figure in the development of Brazilian Modernism". When she was in Paris, seeking to be recognized as an artist in her own right, the art world did not know what to do with her work or what to make of it. Understandable, I think.
Her imagery is unique - bringing forward deformed physical bodies, in an almost grotesque way: tiny tiny heads, elongated torsos, huge legs and feet. Her colors are bold, and it seems to be used directly from the tube- greens, yellows, blues. The objects in the paintings are well defined and you can easily view her heavy and smooth brush strokes.
As a Latin American myself, I totally relate to her. Her work is embedded with Latin American energy -bold, direct, magical, in some even whimsical.
D'Alessandro posted a question to the audience "so little we know about her in the US... have you asked yourself why?..." And she continues reflecting that there is a vast world of art that USA does not know about, with interesting, highly accomplished works of art, that we in US are missing for having our eyes focuses solely in Europe.
Yes D'Alessandro! You are correct! Many of us, Latin American artists have asked that question for the longest. May be now, that an "art authority" is pointing that out, may be now the art world in USA will begin to expand their art focus ...
IMMIGRANT STORIES BY NESTOR GOMEZ
'BROKEN BORDERS" exhibit closed with two performances and a story teller NESTOR GOMEZ (http://www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com).
Nestor (the Boss) Gomez was born in Guatemala. He is a self taught poet and writer, a 18-time Moth SLAM winner and a 2-time Chicago Grand SLAM Champion. He has hosted and performed 80 MINUTES OF IMMIGRANT STORIES in Chicago and Wisconsin.
He shared with all of us the immigrant story that he and his family experience.
CLOSING OF 'BROKEN BORDERS' EXHIBIT
On Saturday 28th, 2017 'Broken Borders' exhibit came to an end. The closing was marked by two performances by Chih Hsien Lin and Enid Smith. Chin Hsien Lin was able to represent the dynamic struggles and inquiries of refugees shifting realities of 'who am I?', 'where am I going?', 'how do I survive?' with her movements.
Enid Smith's choreography for 'Broken Borders' was inspired by the movement and body language of refugees she studied in photographs
We also have the pleasure to listen to story teller Nestor Smith sharing with the audience about the struggles he and his family experienced when immigrated to USA from Guatemala.
TWO SALES AND ONE PUBLICATION
Happy to announce that "Falling out of Grace"painting will be featured in the Here Comes Everyone (HCE) Magazine- upcoming 2017 edition. In addition, this painting and the painting "Flying Alternatives" were sold to a wonderful art collector and gallery owner Kimberly Oliva. Grateful for these good events!
Holi Festival- India
Since viewing the work of M. F. Husain in the Museum of the Art Institute few weeks ago, I have been thinking about the power of color and the ability of Husain to use it freely in his paintings.
This train of thought took me to learn more about the Hindu Holi Festival or Festival of Color.
Every years people in India, Nepal, and from around the world, come together to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi under clouds of colors.
It is a celebration of love, triumph of good, of fertility, youth, playfulness, and vibrancy of spring.
It takes place on the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month Phalguna- sometime between late February and late March on the Gregorian calendar.
Participants throw colored powder to each other, and this act comes from the legend of Krishna, whose skin was dark blue. He was worried not to be
accepted by his love Radha, so he mischievously colored her face to make her look like him.
The four colors used are: red- symbolizing love and fertility; blue is the color of Krishna; yellow the color of turmeric; and green symbolizing spring and new beginnings.
If you have a moment, search for photos from the Festival. They are invigorating to look at them!
PERFORMANCE @ OLIVA GALLERY-BROKEN BORDERS EXHIBITION
OLIVA GALLERY presents
BROKEN BORDERS- PERFORMANCES
Saturday October 28, 2017
at 2 pm
3816 West Armitage Chicago
Chih Hsien ( Joan ) Lin
"The multifaceted but faceless bodies, washed upon the shore, with each footprint, appearing and fading; this is where refugees begin yet another chapter of their exodus. Through working with the images and reflections upon refugee stories, Chih-Hsien(Joan) moves the dynamic struggles and inquiries of ever shifting refugee realities of 'who am I?' 'Where am I going?' and 'how do I survive?'"
R-DMT, Dance/movement therapist at Norwood Crossing
Freelance mover and choreographer
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Movement Pattern Analyst (MPA)
Enid's choreography for Broken Borders is inspired by the movement and body language of refugees she studies in photographs.
Enid Smith earned her BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999. She danced in NYC with the Merce Cunningham Repertory Ensemble, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC cosmetics among others. She has been presenting her own choreography in the Chicago area since 2007. An avid collaborator, Enid has created work with painter Andrew Rauhauser, composers Jonathan Hey and Christopher Preissing, and frequently teams with the artists of Articular Facet. She currently teaches ballet and modern at Dance Center Evanston where she has created original dances for both the Evanston Dance Ensemble and EDE2. She is the artistic director of enidsmithdance.
Nestor Gomez was born in Guatemala. He is a self taught poet and writer, a 18-time Moth SLAM winner and a 2-time Chicago Grand SLAM Champion. He has hosted and performed 80 MINUTES of IMMIGRANT STORIES in Chicago and Wisconsin.
Nestor "the boss" Gomez was born in Guatemala. He moved to Chicago in the mid-80's . He is a Twenty ﬁve times Moth Slam winner ago Story slam and has twice been selected as the audience 's favorite storyteller at both Story Club and Here Chicago. His stories have been featured at many shows including the Moth radio hour.
Saturday October 28
3816 West Armitage Chicago
A Chicago-based cellist and educator, Nora embraces versatility within many different genres. Her collaborations range from experimental improvisation to movement-inspired “marching band” to preparing classical works for community performances.
Nora also works as a session musician and performs regularly with local rock bands and songwriters. See a list of her work here. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Roosevelt University.
Broken Borders- Reflections on Displaced Population by Three Immigrant Chicago-Based Artists
WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO FEAR- Art Show
Join the Fulton Street Collective & Friends “Art Hearts” Exhibition at the Paulina Location for a HEART THEMED art show. Selected artists will exhibit 15” diameter circular wood cuts and other circular objects from our upcycled inventory.
Opening reception & exhibition
Friday February 24th, 2017, 6pm-10pm
Fulton Street Collective Paulina Location
401 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60622
Corner of Kinzie & Paulina. East Door Entrance. Free Street Parking Available. Four blocks from the Ashland Red Line Stop
Martin Aspera + Marina Carillo + Jacqueline Carmody + Cranky Pickle + Sofia Chitikov + Lara Ditkoff + Holly Ekwejunor-Etchie + Mark Anthony Flores + Hector Gonzalez + Erin Hibben Kircher + JH Jones + Andrea Kaspryk + Beatriz E Ledesma + Eric Paige + Meela Paloma + Norma Rios + Adrian Sky + Kevin Stencils + Alicia Guzman Valencia + Maria Vergara + Farren Victoria
Five of my paintings from "Memories of a Long Gone Past" series are part of this exhibit.
Click here: Home Impressions
Sept. 1 – Oct. 15, 2016
Reception Friday, Sept. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Western Colorado Center for the Arts
1803 North 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Blueprints at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center + ROMAN SUSAN
SOFT OPENING @ WISHBONE RESTAURANT GALLERY
YOU ARE INVITED TO A SOFT ART OPENING
*SATURDAY APRIL 16TH, 2016
*IN VIEW TWO OF MY PAINTING SERIES:
"NOT QUITE THERE YET"
-also ...there will be "The Secret Life of Hodge, the Bookstore Cat"
book by Suzanne Eurfurth & illustrated by me, for view
THE WISHBONE RESTAURANT GALLERY
3300 N LINCOLN AVE
CHICAGO IL 60657
Wishbone Restaurant Gallery
Solo Show running till end of May.
Stop by to view it and leave me a note.
3300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657- 773-549-2663
The Creative Soul: Art & The Sentient Being
Friday, January 15, 2016
6:30 - 10 PM
*Life Force Arts Center,
1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657.
January 15 - April 26 2016
Steven Blaine Adams Sharon Bechtold Grace Bromley
Marianna Buchwald Mary Burton Kurt Fondriest
Dorothy Graden Amy Hassan John Henderson
Colleen Koziara Jessica Kronika Beatriz Ledesma
Claire Mesesan Sheryl Noday Britt Posmer
Diana Rudaitis Derek Schulze Alessandra Sequiera
Zachary Spaulding Vivian Zapata
2016 WALL CALENDAR READY FOR PURCHASE
My 2016 Wall Calendar is ready for purchase. This time I will take you into a journey of vibrant colors and imagery, honoring the Diaguita Indians- indigenous peoples of Argentina with my oil painitng series "Memories of a Long Gone Past".
Art Slant- Nov.20th- Nov.21st, Cornelia Arts Building
Follow the link to view all the wonderful artists showing at CAB!
CORNELIA ARTISTS BUILDING "Where Art Works"
OPEN STUDIOS- FALL 2015
-I will be showing work in November event-
October 2nd, 2015-
November 20 & 21st, 2015-
2pm - 6pm
1800 W Cornelia
Chicago IL 60657
I will be showing work on the November OS.
BIG COLOR SHOW
AT THE FLAT IRON BUILDING
July 3rd, 2015
1759 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
*ARTE LATINO NOW 2014*
Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building,
Queens University of Charlotte Main Campus,
1900 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte NC
Featuring Latino artists selected by a national competition, this show highlights the exciting cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States. Exhibiting artists include Jorge Arcos, Stanley Bermúdez, Carmina Cortes, José Esquivel, Pedro Fuertes, Soliana González, Raúl González, Rogelio Gutiérrez, Beatriz Ledesma, Dora López, Daniel Mendoza, Kurma Murrain, Victor Palomino, Nelson Israel Pedraza Ramos, Elizabeth Puckett, Alberto Roblest, Camila Santo and Carlos Solís.
Sponsored by the Center for Latino Studies at Queens and the Departments of Art and World Languages in partnership with artist Edwin Gil and ArtSí.
Exhibition: Monday, Jan. 27 - Friday, Feb. 28
*Jumping Bean Cafe*
Showing my series "Memories of a Long Past Gone"
1439 W 18th St
(between Laflin St & Bishop St)
Chicago, IL 60608
*The Sketchbook Project Comes to Town!*
The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will be coming for a visit to Chicago, IL on July 12th - 14th filled with 4,500 sketchbooks. We'll be making stops at two different locations in the city, so check out the details below.
The event is totally free to attend! Steven and Sara Peterman, co-founder of the Sketchbook Project and the director of Brooklyn Art Library will be the ones behind the wheel, and they want to meet you!
Never been to a Sketchbook Project show before?
Browse 4,500 sketchbooks catalogued by theme, material, mood, profession of the artist, tags, city, country and more!
Find books made by local artists
Friday, July 12th
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday
S. Halsted and 18th Streets
Chicago, IL 60608
Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July14th
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615