July 08 – August 27, 2016
Catalogue Essay by Raisa Clavijo.
Opening Night: Friday, July 15, 7:00PM
Canale Diaz Art Center
146 Madeira Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tue. – Sat. 11am to 6pm
“PopMatters” gathers recent works from five Latin-American artists: Raul Cardozo, Andres Celis, Antonio Cortes Rolon, Ahmed Gomez and Alejandro Plaza. United by their immersion in the Contemporary Pop Art movement, they make the fundamentals of the ‘50s & ‘60s their own to enrich the current visual arts language. These artists share different angles and connections with Pop Art, while maintaining similar legacies.
The show begins with the seductive aesthetics of Cuban Ahmed Gomez and his Pin-Up Girls astutely intertwined with lines and strokes that suddenly bring us closer to the abstract language. This blend of movements is also very familiar to Venezuelan Alejandro Plaza, who shares with us the optimistic vision of his inner world by combining surreal and abstract features, while preserving his contemporary Pop Art core.
"PopMatters" is also an invitation for Puerto Rican Antonio Cortes Rolon with his latest series titled “An actor at the White House”, with which he explores the influence and complementarity of two very different spheres of power: Politics and Showbiz.
With Venezuelan Andres Celis the center resumes the appreciation of craftsmanship as an art expression, this time around profoundly immersed in today’s pop culture. His sculptures are meticulously carved and flawlessly finished through the use of techniques as modern as distant to the art world.
This group show is also an invitation for Venezuelan Raul Cardozo and his series “The Last Supper.” The artist makes a satirical combination between modern life icons and the one of the most emblematic biblical scene. Very quietly, the viewer is advised of the author’s critique on today’s consumer society and globalized world.
On display until August 27, the exhibition will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm to those who would like to revisit the fundamentals of the Pop Art movement through the eyes of an inspiring new generation of artists. The Opening Reception will count with the presence of artists Ahmed Gomez and Antonio Cortes Rolon.
For more information on the show, the artists or the center, please visit our website or contact us.