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Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience

Exhibition  /  01 May 2009  -  29 Aug 2009
Published: 16.06.2009
The Society for Contemporary Craft
Management:
Society for Contemporary Craft
Miguel Luciano. Object: Filiberto Ojeda Uptowns/Machetero Air Force Ones, 2007. Thermal transfer and acrylic on custom sneakers. Photo: Miguel Luciano. Miguel Luciano
Object: Filiberto Ojeda Uptowns/Machetero Air Force Ones, 2007
Thermal transfer and acrylic on custom sneakers
Photo: Miguel Luciano
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(...) The exhibition features 37 works in a range of craft media such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media, by 14 artists whose countries of origin, migration patterns, socioeconomic profiles, multiple language dialects, and physical characteristics differ (...)
Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art and the Latin American Experience includes works by contemporary artists of Latin American descent (from North, Central and South America) and explores issues relating to cultural identity, ethnicity, religion and both the fragility and fluidity of their visual language.

While the title Beyond Shared Language suggests a commonality flowing out of shared language, Latin America is far from a monolithic culture. The exhibition features 37 works in a range of craft media such as clay, glass, metal, wood, fiber and mixed media, by 14 artists whose countries of origin, migration patterns, socioeconomic profiles, multiple language dialects, and physical characteristics differ. These works demonstrate a wide range of contemporary materials and forms including, but not limited to, expressions rooted in traditional materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual and installation art.

Miguel Luciano. Necklace: Pure Plantainum, 2006. Platinum-plated plantains. Photo: Miguel Luciano. Miguel Luciano
Necklace: Pure Plantainum, 2006
Platinum-plated plantains
Photo: Miguel Luciano
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Alejandro Aguilera. Piece: Attraction, 2007. Polychromed wood, Georgia clay, metal, paper, graphite. Photo:  courtesy of Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. Alejandro Aguilera
Piece: Attraction, 2007
Polychromed wood, Georgia clay, metal, paper, graphite
Photo: courtesy of Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
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Elia Alba. Piece: If I Were A...., 2003. Photocopy transfers on muslin, thread, created by digitally manipulating the color of artist?s skin and body parts. Elia Alba
Piece: If I Were A...., 2003
Photocopy transfers on muslin, thread, created by digitally manipulating the color of artist?s skin and body parts
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Franco Mondini-Ruiz. Object: Baby Mojado, 2007. Found, altered materials. Photo: courtesy of Frederieke Taylor Gallery. Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Object: Baby Mojado, 2007
Found, altered materials
Photo: courtesy of Frederieke Taylor Gallery
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Jeannine Marchand. Piece: Pólipo (detail), 2006. White earthenware and paint. Photo: Tom Mills. Jeannine Marchand
Piece: Pólipo (detail), 2006
White earthenware and paint
Photo: Tom Mills
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Tamara Kostianovsky. Piece: Bound, 2007. Curtains and articles of clothing belonging to the artist, steel, meat hooks, chains. Photo: Sol Aramendi. Tamara Kostianovsky
Piece: Bound, 2007
Curtains and articles of clothing belonging to the artist, steel, meat hooks, chains
Photo: Sol Aramendi
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Raquel Quijano-Feliciano. Piece: Metropolis, 2008. Sintra printed on paper. Photo: Kati Fishbain. Raquel Quijano-Feliciano
Piece: Metropolis, 2008
Sintra printed on paper
Photo: Kati Fishbain
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Courtney Smith. Object: Cabinet Chandelier, 2007. Chinese-style cabinet, plywood, paint and electrical fixtures. Photo: Rodrigo Pereda. Courtney Smith
Object: Cabinet Chandelier, 2007
Chinese-style cabinet, plywood, paint and electrical fixtures
Photo: Rodrigo Pereda
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Susana Espinosa. Object: Viaje por Tierra y Mar, 2009. Ceramic. Photo: Kati Fishbain. Susana Espinosa
Object: Viaje por Tierra y Mar, 2009
Ceramic
Photo: Kati Fishbain
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Walka Studio. Neckpiece: Los pájaros cantan en pajarístico, pero los escuchamos en español (Chile get out from the cage!), 2008. 24k golden brass, plastic - singing canario bird-, lapislazuli. 3,5 x 7,5 x 7,5 cm. Photo by Karen Clunes. Walka Studio
Neckpiece: Los pájaros cantan en pajarístico, pero los escuchamos en español (Chile get out from the cage!), 2008
24k golden brass, plastic - singing canario bird-, lapislazuli
3,5 x 7,5 x 7,5 cm
Photo by Karen Clunes
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Walka Studio. Brooch: Pa'l regalón y la regalona, 2008. 24k golden sterling silver, plastic bags, lapizlazuli, horn, silver mapuche jewelry. 4,5 x 9,5 x 2,5 cm. Photo by Karen Clunes. Walka Studio
Brooch: Pa'l regalón y la regalona, 2008
24k golden sterling silver, plastic bags, lapizlazuli, horn, silver mapuche jewelry
4,5 x 9,5 x 2,5 cm
Photo by Karen Clunes
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Walka Studio. Neckpiece: Working hard, 2008. Blundstone #500, sterling silver, stainless steel. 163 cm. Photo by Karen Clunes. Walka Studio
Neckpiece: Working hard, 2008
Blundstone #500, sterling silver, stainless steel
163 cm
Photo by Karen Clunes
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Walka Studio. Bracelet: I am not a plastic bag, 2008. Polipropylene bag, sterling silver. Photo by Karen Clunes. Walka Studio
Bracelet: I am not a plastic bag, 2008
Polipropylene bag, sterling silver
Photo by Karen Clunes
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