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"Venezueland: Emerging Venezuelan Artists"
2005-09-17 until 2005-10-23
USA United States of America
Venezueland is a virtual space where a new generation of Venezuelan
artists merges and engages both in individual investigations and related
creative processes. In this fertile, dynamic ground there is a steadfast
pondering of memories from a country now immersed in political upheaval,
and of the unstoppable flux of information generated in the urban context
of New York City. The exhibition opens in Galería Galou on September 17th, 2005, with a
reception for the artists from 6pm to 9pm, and will be on view through
October 23rd, 2005.
As émigrés with diverse motives and times of exile, some artists featured
in Venezueland have been producing work in New York for as long as the
last decade; while others have a few years in the city or are part of the
recent and growing wave of Venezuela‚s young, talented artists pursuing
better opportunities abroad.
While these artists‚ approaches to art are as vast as the various degrees
of acculturation or the dynamics pertinent to a new culture, it is
possible to single out a „Venezueland art work‰ for its wit, irony and
sense of humor, or because of the attention paid to aesthetic values, even
in the most conceptual explorations.
Some artists are immersed in the discourse of political and social
criticism, identity and gender issues. Others are concerned with
nostalgia, memory, displacement and beauty or engage in formal
investigations of the art practice and explore the current states of the
digital, Neo-Pop and Neo-Conceptual narratives.
The works selected for this exhibition oscillate between the allegorical
and the referential, the metaphorical and the biographical, and as a group
conform a statement of the type of artistic language that a new generation
of Venezuelan artists are creating in New York, and the maps they are
following in their journey to Venezueland.
The exhibition includes artists Mónica Brand and Francisco López, Patricia
Cazorla, Valeria Cordero, Pedro Cruz-Castro, Enrique Enriquez, Pilita
García, Richard Garet, Saskia Jordá, Luis Lara Malvacías, Esperanza
Mayobre, Leonor Mendoza, Lucía Pizzani, Nancy Saleme and Alejandra
Organized by Patricia Cazorla and Alejandra Villasmil, the show pays
homage to the late Venezuelan artist Elba Damast (1944-2005), who created
an important body of work in New York City since the early seventies.