Aún Recordamos Aquel Hogar

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 to Wednesday, 28 February 2018
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 12:00pm

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Five contemporary Latinx artists share their culture through intimate personal memories in “Aún Recordamos Aquel Hogar,” or “We still remember what was once home,” an art exhibit scheduled Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, 2018, at the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of the Langford Architecture Center, Building A on the Texas A&M campus.

 

Furthering the gallery’s mission of providing a platform to a diverse range of artists, the exhibition will give voice to the underrepresented Latinx community and facilitate the overarching sociopolitical conversation that continues to rise in the current political climate. The exhibit delves into methodologies of visual narrative, investigating the use of place within visual storytelling.“As any shared culture provides, these artists have analogous locations and experiences in common, but individually, they each have personal identities that feature intimate settings and narratives,” said curator Sean FitzGibbons. “This exhibit is meant to share unique narratives of a common culture.”Each artist will present “home” as an essential character in their story, bringing their own experiences, feelings, and style into the exhibit.
 

An opening reception, set for noon, Jan. 24 at the gallery will be followed by a panel discussion with the artists. Artists exhibited include Albert Alvarez, Fernando Andrade, Ruth Buentello, Joe De La Cruz, and Jenelle Esparza.

 

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Fernando Andrade of San Antonio by way of Acuna, Mexico, creates abstract paintings and figurative drawings inspired by his tumultuous childhood where it was unsafe to play outside, drugs and cartels were rampant, and people he cared for disappeared, never to be seen again.

The artist said he views his process as a kind of “spiritual meditation,” where he becomes free to imagine cosmic visions that have rhythmic affinities with music or dance, and “which celebrate the splendor and preciousness of life itself.”

Ruth Buentello paints from a bi-cultural lens documenting her experience with familial interactions in South Texas and creates visual biographies reinventing and recreating narratives from her life and drawing from her identity as a woman of color.

“The life of a daughter of immigrants living in South Texas can hold its own unique idiosyncrasy and, can contrast sharply in expressions of gender, culture, and place, as compared to the mainstream American family unit,” she said. “I am interested in focusing on what sets my family apart and at the same time through that focus finding what makes us, immigrants, Americans as well.” 

Joe De La Cruz of San Antonio works in drawing, watercolor painting and large-scale mural painting. He is known as a facilitator and consultant in art presentation and exhibitions fabrication at his Silkworm Studio and Gallery.

Jenelle Esparza of Corpus Christi is a photographer who also works in multimedia installation and abstract photo-based pieces. She finds inspiration in landscapes, found objects, natural textural and historical anecdotes as she attempts to describe the identities that are tied to inanimate things.   

“There are stories written in the lines of our palms and in the tree trunks, leaves, and mountain ranges of the world,” she said. “As I work with this theory I find myself studying the ancestry and identity of people, landmasses, and other organic forms of life as they relate to the culture and communities of a society.”

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2nd Floor, Langford Architecture Bldg A Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77840

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