Exhibition | Borderlust | Contemporary Art at by Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston | Houston | Art Week


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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 to Saturday, 5 October 2019
Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 4:30am


by Mauricio Paz Viola & Justin Earl Grant

Scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories. Eduardo Galeano

Mauricio Paz Viola & Justin Earl Grant celebrate their second exhibition. After their experience together in Santiago de Chile 2015, they are reunited in the city of Houston.

Borderlust is a reflection on the dynamic experience of how we construct our identity as an emancipatory and paradoxical process.

Paz Viola & Grant's collection of works presents a series of silhouettes of the human figure whose limits are traced and shows the interconnection of the subject with the whole.

Bonderlust aspires to reaffirm the magnitude of possibilities of the expansion of the human being.

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The artist Justin Earl Grant was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the 1980s. After receiving a Bachelors of Science in Pure Mathematics from University of Texas in 2005, he moved to Philadelphia and spent two years teaching and developing his art.

Towards the end of 2006 Grant moved to South America where he divided his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile.

For 10 years Grant worked as an artist, curator, and art teacher, often traveling between Chile and Uruguay as well as the occasional visit to the United States.

In 2016 Grant returned to Houston, Texas, where he continues to produce highly personal unique works of art.

Self-taught artist Mauricio Paz Viola (b 1985; Carmelo, Uruguay) embarked on his artistic journey early in life. Dabbling in plastic art since 7, he has participated in various art competitions in his native Uruguay and abroad. At 14, Paz Viola began to participate in group shows and individual shows nationally and internationally in galleries and museums in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, United States, Italy, among others. His work have been featured in doctoral studies programs in art in universities in Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and are frequently featured in magazines and art books, among which are Latin American Plastic Art Annual Review, High Impact: the Art of Visual (New York) as well as books in Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, UK, France, etc.

The most notable influences of Paz Viola are Roberto Matta, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Joan Miró, Vasili Kandinski, Max Ernst, as well as Uruguayan artist and friend Javier Gil, who imbued a sense of motion into rigid objects as if everything had a life of its own – a concept expressed in Paz Viola’s series “Nothing in the Void”.

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The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston

3315 Sul Ross Street

Houston, TX 77098

United States

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