Calarts’ downtown center for the contemporary arts, REDCAT, will host a group of distinguished artists in a discussion titled “Abstraction and the Everyday in Latin American Art”. This discussion is part of the “Abstraction in Action” series of events on the subject of contemporary abstraction and its relevance across cultures, focusing in particular on Latin America.
This promises to be a dynamic and informative conversation with expert speakers including; British/Venezuelan art historian Cecilia Fajardo-Hill who will serve as moderator. Fajardo-Hill currently serves as Chief Curator for SPACE Art Collection as well as the Guest Curator for the Hammer Museum’s PSTLA/LA 2017 exhibition, Radical Women in Latino American Art: 1960-1985.
Emilio Chapela is a conceptual artist whose works inspect systems of data, language, scientific experimentation, and networks of information exchange. Embracing the absurdity and humor in apparently objective systems, Chapela’s works manifest in a number of mediums. One of his best-known works is a monumental undertaking titled “ According to Google” comprised of a 45-volume encyclopedia containing images extracted from using Google Image Search as its source.
Mexican-born artist Ruben Ortiz-Torres has been living and working in Los Angeles since 1990. Beginning his career as a photographer, painter and printmaker, Otria -Torres is widely regarded as one of today’s leading Mexican artists and as an innovator in the 1980s of a specifically Mexican form of postmodernism. Over the past ten years, he has produced a body of work in a wide range of media including a feature film, video, painting sculpture, customized cars and machines, photo collages.
Mariangeles Soto-Diaz began her art studies in Venezuela, where she was born and raised. Soto-Diaz work infiltrates the language of Latin American and North American abstraction to articulate social and political issues.
Ruth Estevez is the curator and director of the Gallery at REDCAT. Between 2007 and 2011 Estevez served as the chief curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City where she curated various exhibitions and projects with artists Guy Ben-Ner, Mark Manders, and Fernando Ortega among others. In 2010 Estevez co-founded LIGA Space for Architecture, the first space in Latin America devoted to the critical reflection and presentation of architecture.
Abstraction and the Everyday in Latin American Art
Tuesday, 11/17, 8:30pm
REDCAT, 613 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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