ESMoA Art Experience 07 STING Features Evolving Works by Cuban Artists,
Beginning December 8, 2013
From rational and analytical to emotional expressionism, Cuban form of Conceptual Art will transform art laboratoryâ€™s main exhibition space
into a platform for the understanding of â€œtransversalityâ€
November 25, 2013 (El Segundo, California) â€“ Caribbean art clichÃ©s donâ€™t work for certain Cuban artists. Drawing inspiration from the island nation within swimming distance of Florida, they employ their work as a vehicle for change, using â€œtransversalityâ€ (how spaces intersect) as a way of production, autonomy as a means for development, and cooperation as a substitute for specialization spawned by centers of power.
STING transforms the art laboratory into a platform for the development and visualization of the understanding of transversality within individual artistic expression. The main exhibition space of ESMoA becomes a place to create: Alive with the dynamic processes of rationality and emotion as seen through Cuban eyes. Combined, those processes inspire metaphorical discussion between the artists and their viewers â€“ and between the viewers themselves.
Every work in STING attempts to connect areas that grow more and more distant each day: technology and human relations, death and aesthetic, scientific procedures and symbolic power. â€œâ€˜Simplicityâ€™ should be simple,â€ read the curatorial notes of the art experience, â€œyet we interpret everything around us by over-saturating natural processes with too much logic.â€ One possible solution to this dilemma is a problem all its own: â€œCommunication among those organically understanding of a process is blurred by the complexity of the attempt to reach the simplicity.â€
The STING exhibition is an evolving work produced by ESMoA. A vivid and highly complex art scene has blossomed on Cuba, inspired by its special situation. In 2013, ESMoA invited five Cuban artists to visit Los Angeles to participate in a new form of Conceptual Art. The group had already exhibited in Havana and Berlin, thanks to efforts of the faculty at Instituto Superior des Artes (ISA) and the support of artlab21.
In El Segundo, STING will unfold gradually, with the art laboratoryâ€™s main exhibition space evolving from near empty to art-filled over a period of 6 weeks. Viewers, especially those who return repeatedly, will be able to experience the progress, with the full work revealed only at the end.
STING features the work of five Cuban artists:
Rational, analytical and reliant upon digital technology, Fidel GarcÃaâ€™s highly technical artwork contemplates the fact that systems are not controllable: Sooner or later, they all break down under the weight of their own complexities before evolving into a new and comprehensible metaphysical stage. Born in 1981, GarcÃa studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts â€œSan Alejandroâ€ and at ISA before traveling on stipends from the Prince Claus Fund of Copenhagen, the Triangle Arts Trust in Chonquing, China, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His work has appeared in exhibitions including â€œLogic Bombâ€ at the 12th Kwangju Biennale in South Korea, and â€œOff the Recordsâ€ at Edges Zones Art Center in Miami.
Born in Havana in 1985 and 1984, respectively, Celia and Yunior use a rational and analytical approach to art to observe and compare the development of Cuban society to other countries. The connection of collective and individual relations and their opposing directions are among the sparks that ignite the pairâ€™s artwork.
Ordained as a priest of the Afro-Cuban Yoruba religion, Mauricio Abadâ€™s work is about emotional expression. Born in 1985, the artist has been building an imaginary TV station for several years, producing footage in myriad genres, which he manipulates in bizarre ways. Though his footage has yet to appear on television, the artist has earned renown as a producer and VJ for music videos and video installations. He is also the co-founder of the first video mapping collective in Cuba, "IMG".
Born in 1980, Dennis Izquierdo studied at the Academy of Art in Holguin before completing his studies at ISA. An occult artist and sculptor as well as a Santeria priest, Izquierdo uses found objects to assemble sculptures and machines linked to emotional expression. His work, which spans the ambivalence between death, weapons and ecstasy, was shown at several locations during the 11th Havana Biennial in 2012.
ESMoA invites everyone to feel the STING of a new form of Conceptual Art by Cuban artists, starting at 10 am. December 8th 2013 in El Segundo, California.
For more information on STING and ESMoA, please contact Andrea Schnoor Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.878.4812
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