Artist talk about the Visual narrative created at El Museo del Barrio which documents the events which led to the 1965 US invasion of the Dominican Republic. This body of work highlights the role of the Women of April, untrained civilian resistance fighters who took on the 42,000 US marines that invaded the small Caribbean nation.
Students are asked to engage in one of three art-actions to unpack the plight of immigrants today. First, they will consider what would they take if faced with deportation which allows deportees to pack only 25lbs of belongings. For this art-action they will design a suitcase to speak to the issue. Second, they will imagine and create a passport that expands the notion of identity when it is not tied to a nationality. Lastly, they will consider the iconic civil rights poster "I Am A Man" and work on a large group painting that reclaims the humanity of children that have been separated from their families at the border. The new statement they would work with is "I Am A Child".
The Alchemist in The City - new mixed media cityscapes of New York City. The cityscape images are part of an ongoing visual exploration stemming from a lifetime of living, working and playing in The City. The mixed media drawings examine an idealized image of place. The urban panoramas document a rapidly changing city that through its robust development often masks an underlying history of racial politics and disenfranchisement of local communities.
Artist Talk in El Museo's Galerias about my residency project Las Mujeres De Abril and the 1965 Revolution in DR. This body of work references a tradition of artists (Goya, Picasso, and George Grosz) who created images of war and aggression. I will be talking about the aftershock of revolutions, and how Artists can explore and unpack history to create images that communicate knowledge and stories that affect change. The images can also shift the viewer's perceptions about current events.
I am exhibiting four works , three created during my JCAL residency, of the new series "Park Views-The Urban Bucolic" a series of mixed media drawings that celebrate the beauty and (dis)order of our urban parks.
Artist Residency at JCAL working on the "Park Views- The Urban Bucolic" cityscape series that document specific NYC parks in all their beauty and history.
This residency will allow me the opportunity to return to the landscape to explore an ongoing preoccupation with the pastoral in art, as an idealized image of place.
Warrior Women Dance, oil on paper, depicts historic African American women of the 20th century.
Detail of "Warrior Women Dance"
On exhibit is a large format mixed media drawing "Delirious New York" and a medium size oil painting "Afloat", each dealing with the affective impact of change in urban environments.