WBGO Gallery Exhibition
Hispanic Heritage - Group Show
On display July 1 - September 30, 2014
- 54 Park Place
- Newark, NJ 07102
Join us for a free gallery reception on Thursday, September 4, 2014 6PM - 8PM at the WBGO Art Gallery. View the exhibit, meet the artists and enjoy a live performance.
The WBGO Gallery is located at 54 Park Place in Newark, NJ. It's free and open to the public. WBGO is a wheelchair accessible facility.
This group show celebrates Hispanic Heritage, with works in various media, by the following artists:
Media and Art exert powerful influences over all of us through continuous evolving processes of reflection and creation. They shape our hopes and fears, our notions of beauty and ugliness, our ideas about the primitive and the civilized, our conceptions of the honorable and the shameful. My work uses juxtaposed images to comment on the deep and delicate role the media plays in the shaping of our complex lives, identities, and consciousness. Each collage is hand-manipulated with the goal of transformation as a way of commenting on, satirizing or criticizing the source material.
Carlos Mateu was born in 1970 in Havana-Cuba, and has resided in the United States since 1997.
He calls his style geometric pop. His paintings fuse elements of cubism with realism, using straight lines and perspective to create a geometric and three-dimensional effect, while subtly deforming the images. Intense colors of acrylic are applied in layers like silkscreen, creating clean and precise divisions between tones, textured further with oil pastel. His subject matter incorporates surrealism and mysticism to reflect the Afro Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba, his life in the United States and his own creative perspective on the world around him.
My works are meditations on narratives I have experienced. I revisit the stories to dig out details and I use the range of media to tease out different parts of the memory. I do this with an understanding that memory is flawed and constantly changing like improvisation. Each new interpretation is new stained glass widow in my constructions.
Mansa K. Mussa
Hispanic Heritage Exhibit curator Mansa K. Mussa is the quintessential Newark artist. He has spent his life in the great metropolis as an artist, photographer, dancer, and designer. Mussa’s focus in the act of creating and curating art is to use it to challenge and uplift the human spirit and to search for the common threads that bind us as human beings. Creating and sharing art requires a certain courage that exposes the artist to appreciation, reverence, or criticism. He continues his life-long work as a photographer, collagist, mixed media artist, arts organizer and arts educator.
I have been a photographer for forty years, and most of what I know about photography has been self-taught. I consider myself a visual historian and a preserver of history, especially when it relates to people of the African Diaspora. The works I present are of my travels through Latin America and various communities within.
Gina Rivas Velazquez
I Gina Rivas-Velazquez am the artist behind the art; having had a passion for art ever since a child always wanting to be an artist; designing dance flyers, t-shirts, murals and various other art projects around the Bay area. I started out taking art classes in the summers at the California College of Art in Oakland as a teen which fed my enthusiasm and drive for all aspects of art and design. I earned my BFA degree in Fashion Illustration from the fabulous Academy of Art University in San Francisco...which ultimately gave me the tools, confidence and courage to head to New York City! I describe my unique style as a definite reflection of my diverse cultural background which consists of my mom's family’s "New Orleans" creole culture and my other half; Mexican American...and my husband, Puerto Rican which further enhances my eclectic and colorful mix. I celebrate my culture everyday through my art and design and often with a party!
The WBGO Gallery is located at 54 Park Place in Newark, NJ. The WBGO Gallery is free and open to the public. WBGO is a wheelchair accessible facility.
You can also visit the gallery during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM.