Fantastic Souls, Surreal World ~from Juan Balaguer, Juan Carlos Fernandez, Guido Garaycochea, and Michelle Melo-- Argentina, Honduras, Colombia, and Peru.
Dedicated in-person gallery hours begin on Wednesday March 10, and continuing on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoons 1-4pm. Other times available by appointment; please call ahead 860.535.2300.
Art will be on display at La Grua Center during the months of March and April.
To view the virtual gallery click here.
Expressiones is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community with quality artistic programming, celebrating diversity by inspiring the community to immerse themselves in the music, art, and customs of our multicultural population.
Juan Balaguer was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National University of Rosario. Since 2004 until now, he has been teaching drawing in the same university. He was selected as one of the 400 short-listed artists for the book (and curatorial project) 100 Painters of Tomorrow, published for Thames and Hudson in London (UK).
Juan Carlos Fernandez: "My work stems from process. The process initiates as I collect imagery that resonates and connects visually within my thought patterns. The selected imagery provides an interaction and dialogue with myself since the very act of sitting at the studio with the intention of creating and focusing my energy. This very dialogue or energetic exchange as I like to think of it, is what dictates the compositional aspects of the work. The exchange presents me with challenges and questions that need to be addressed and answered. My intent is to arrive at the most minimal yet effective and visually harmonious use of compositional space and imagery to convey an idea or question. My time and space in New London, made me feel one with the universe."
Guido Garaycochea: "I question concepts that relate to sex, gendered representation, and nudity and aspects of gender-nonconformity and the societal pressures and imposition of masculinity and manhood. It also looks at how the queer body has had to heal and survive aspects of the status quo, impacted by capitalism and worldwide power dynamics. I am interested in the normalized, binary construction of gender, assigned at birth based solely on body parts. My collages/mixed media/paintings deconstruct preconceived and traditional categorizations of gender, pushing the viewer to expand their minds and consider new ones. It requires many hours of work, not only to find the necessary images and build a story with them. The cut-out images that I appropriate and work with are placed in backgrounds to work with my brushes and oil colors. Transparent layers of oil paint are placed one over the other, perfecting the depth effects' lights and shadows."
Michelle Melo was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is an artist living and working in New York. Her work has been shown internationally including South America, Europe, and The United States.