2008, “La Vida” detail
Â©2008 Abel Alejandre. All rights reserved.
“1 + 1”
Photo Portraits by Terry Konrath
WITH NEW WORK BY:
Roberto Gutierrez â€¢ JosÃ© Lozano â€¢ Armando Baeza â€¢ Leigh Salgado â€¢ Margaret Garcia â€¢ Raul Baltazar â€¢ Kim Abeles â€¢ Poli Marichal â€¢ Miguel Angel Murillo â€¢ Stephanie Mercado â€¢ Mely Troches â€¢ Daniel Gonzalez â€¢ Abel Alejandre â€¢ Yreina Cervantez
Curated by JosÃ© Lozano
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 7-10 pm
Exhibition: July 12 through – August 3, 2008
The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present â€œ1+1â€, photo portraits of the exhibiting artists by Terry Konrath with new works by each artist.
Terry Konrathâ€™s sensitive and insightful black and white portraits hang tellingly next to each invited artistâ€™s painting, giving our audience an opportunity to familiarize themselves with some of the most important contemporary Latino artists in LA. Her portraits are the perfect accompaniment to our exhibition.
Margaret Garcia’s portraits evoke a disquieting humanism from its sitters. Leigh Salgado use a variety of material and subvert to make objects that comment on the world at large and its communities. Poli Marichal taps into the spiritual beliefs and traditions from her native Puerto Rico to make images that resonate with an otherwordly power. Robert Gutierrez evokes the city’s surroundings with a precise hand and imbues it with affection and reverence. His images show us its inherent beauty and distinct character. Stephanie Mercado’s whimsical images are silly and irreverent but at the same time tinged with terror. Mely Troches images comment on identity, sexism and cultural contradictions. Daniel Gonzalez, Abel Alejandre, Raul Balthazar and Jose Lozano works are all very graphic in nature. They are very good drawers and printmakers. Their images are sometimes dark, bordering on the grotesque, irreverent and snide. Their images make compelling statements about society and human nature. Armando Baeza’s figurative sculptures are sensuous and playful and pay tribute to the female form. Miguel Angel Reyes concocts surreal tableaus out of found frames and cardboard. His images are humorous and poetic. With intricate cuts and repetitive patterns he evokes a dreamlike world that pulsates from behind glass. Yreina Cervantez references ancient Mesoamerican symbology and history to make compelling images about Chicanos, racism and our shared culture.
Please join us as we place a face to each artistâ€™s work.
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
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131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042