Pan American Art Projects presents ABCDEFG, a group show featuring the works of Paul Amundarain, Rigoberto Diaz, Filio Galvez, Delvin Lugo, Marlon Portales, Jorge Rios, and Leticia Sanchez Toledo.
ABCDEFG will be on view from June 25 to August 20, 2022, with an opening reception for the artists on Saturday June 25, from 6 to 9 pm.
ABCDEFG brings together seven practices through which artists articulate their own forms of commons with different artistic manifestations, such as painting in its most academic representation, an expanded and contemporary version, as well as non-traditional interpretations involving drawing, and installation.
This show is a frivolous ode to the complexity of culture of our days, its meta definitions, hypersensitivity, automation: it is a call to attention to the details of life, to what we are. It is why we quote Rosalía’s song “ABCDEFG”, where the singer returns to the primitive and simple way of associating the letters of the alphabet with words, expressions and events that are in popular slang. She omits letters, she makes up words or “miswrites” them. It is a break from over-thinking the conceptual searching in life, which looks more beautiful the simpler it is.
ABCDEFG will be accompanied by a scheduled programming of movie screenings curated by Filio Galvez.
Paul Amundarain began studying Architecture, but soon became interested in producing art, and instead pursued different design and sculpture workshops where he could develop his creative impulse. He has exhibited largely in Maracaibo and Caracas in collective shows and local art fairs, and has had four solo exhibitions in Venezuela, at Viloria Blanco Gallery in Maracaibo, and Parenthesis Gallery in Caracas. Paul Amundarain lives and works between Caracas and Miami.
Paul Amundarain belongs to a generation that received the legacy of the grid already deconstructed. The grid allowed modernity to be structured and art to be reorganized. His research tries to solve social problems using technological processes as a record of his own experiences.
Rigoberto Diaz’ artistic proposal is a means of research and experimentation, an analytical instrument that dialogues about the entities where it develops and new forms of relationships are created. Each space is a world of dissimilar analogies which he is interested in investigating to create a work that links with the passer-by and the environment, obtaining a flow of data between the work and the public. Diaz’ conceptual and formal codes are within and outside the limits of the installation, public interventions, Site Specific, photography and works with a procedural nature. Using a group of practices allows him to organize field work in the established area. The study of physical and symbolic space is a constant in his work, where he develops works that investigate memory, power, waste as traces of behaviors that inhabit a space.
Filio Galvez was born in Havana, Cuba, where he studied at the renowned National Academy of Fine Art San Alejandro. Upon moving to Miami, he enrolled in the Visual Arts Degree program at New School of the Arts (NWSA).
Using digital data for aesthetic purposes by either corrupting or physically manipulating electronic devices is a common denominator in Galvez’s practice. The attention to this operative principle, rather than the politics of form, is the basis of the present research. The results are not those from a lab, they are expressly subjective, necessarily subjective to lend subjectivity to a platform of communication, and they play with the nightmare of the self-conscious data.
In Delvin Lugo’s current series of paintings Early Life in Neon, the artist revisits memories from his hometown in Moncion, Dominican Republic. In these vibrant works, Lugo highlights positive, nurturing, and comic aspects of the rural life his family lived prior to their emigration to the United States when he was twelve years old.
Resourcefulness and improvisation were intertwined with his earliest expressions of identity as a gay boy interested in fashion and the fabulous: wearing one of his mother’s earrings or having a homemade Barbie doll are celebrated in these paintings. Highlighting the retrospectively humorous elements of these early expressions is also essential in this series. Years before Lugo (or his family members) learned to speak English his favorite t-shirt bore the slogan “Bitch, Bitch, Bitch!” and he proudly showcases it here. This bold approach to life is manifested and amplified through the use of vibrant and fluorescent colors in the paintings.
To accentuate the spirit of playfulness, these paintings can also be viewed in black light. In any light, though, they are full of delight, resilience, and a tenacious joy.
The emerging Cuban artist Marlon Portales (Pinar del Rio, 1991) graduated in 2018 from Havana’s Higher Institute of Art (ISA) with honors. Portales’ practice is multidisciplinary and includes media ranging from painting to installation, video art, photography and performance. His views in the fields of politics and ideals yield works that carry evident sociological and philosophical quests. Ultimately, through his work, he aims at engaging the observer in a dialogue about different points of views as well as universally shared reflections. His series Retiro Coyuntural emerged within the most intimate space-time (less exposed and known) of the artist’s life from the end of 2019 until the present day. This series narrates from an essentially visual perspective, events, interactions, interventions and relationships with the spaces of his immediate context. The works, apparently unrelated, have a strong thread that binds them together as a total idea, becoming remnants of his everyday life.
Jorge Rios holds a BA in painting from the National Academy of Arts “San Alejandro” in Havana, Cuba. In 2021 earned his BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; he is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis. The work of Jorge Rios transcends the flatness of ordinary visual language reaching the subtlety, ambivalence and complexity that we perceive more clearly in other art forms such as music or poetry. Rios tries to establish through his art a link between the individual experience of reality and the totality of existence- whether you call it God, the Truth, the Idea, the Spirit, the Da-sein, the Being, or the Nothingness… In other words, “art for me has the mission of redeeming the being out of the mundanity of the human condition, by stimulating what is divine, universal and eternal in it.”
Miami-based contemporary visual artist Leticia Sánchez Toledo was born in 1985 and is of Cuban and Spanish descent. She is well-known for her personal depictions of women and scenes of women that are influenced by her passion for movies, where color and light play key roles in evoking a certain aura or atmosphere.
She spent her childhood learning about the world through the big screen at the nearby movie theater in the little town where she lived. Today Leticia offers a personal view of her wishes and concerns while also examining social, cultural, and ethnic issues that are present in the lives of women today. She does this as a mental challenge and by using film-like frames to communicate her point of view in the social space.
Pan American Art Projects was established in 2001 with the mission to exhibit and promote established and emerging artists from North, Central and South America, providing a context for dialogue between the various regions. We represent a strong roster of contemporary artists of the Americas and hold a collection of important works from Cuba, Argentina, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Our programming reflects these complementary arenas providing a comprehensive historical context for contemporary tendencies in the visual arts from these regions.
The gallery was born from the personal collection of our owner, Robert Borlenghi, who as a founding member of MOCA Los Angeles made his first trip to Haiti in 1990 and found many great artists that were relatively unknown to collectors in the U.S. He made it his mission to collect and exhibit underrepresented artists from Haiti, Jamaica and later Cuba. This mission then transferred to our gallery when we opened in Dallas in 2001, when we began adding actively represented artists from North and South America.