In this exhibition we are delighted to bring together three prominent women artists from three regions of the Americas. The work of these three artists turns stereotypes on their heads both in terms of gender and geography. In the United States we tend to be myopic in thinking only of ourselves as “American”, negating the reality of a long history of civilization to the South. Instead we celebrate here the diversity of the Americas, which has been a longstanding mission of our gallery, by exhibiting concurrently Carolina Sardi from Argentina, Mabel Poblet from Cuba and Carolyn Mara from the U.S.: three “Americans”. The way that these three artists work also turns on its head the gender stereotypes associated with women. The work that these three women produce has a physicality to it which belies any stereotypes of the “fairer sex”.
Carolina Sardi is quite literally cutting steel, soldering, transforming cold, hard metals into fluid organic pieces that, while abstract in appearance, reference the complex biological and physiological components of nature and life itself.
Mabel Poblet, in her monumental installation which was originally presented at the 2015 Biennale di Venezia, is creating a painstaking testament to the documentation of history through her cascading clips from newspapers presented in a “Lluvia”, a rainstorm of strings bearing ideas.
Carolyn Mara’s work is a full body affair, in which she creates performative paintings wielding with great energy a mop as her paintbrush. Documenting her creative process she invites the spectator into the otherwise secret and private world in which art is usually created.
While wildly different in both technique and aesthetics, the work of these artists represents three approaches to how we see the world, and how we choose to let the world see us. There is also a common thread in the lyrical quality of the work, created through exhaustive corporal processes and a manipulation of non-standard materials and practices in the artworld.
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.