Escenas Fantasticas: José Garcia Montebavo

Indigo-Image
  • October 9th 2014 –January 31st 2015
  • Second Thursday Reception: October 2014, 6-9pm
  • Indigo Arts
  • Wednesday - Saturday: 12 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

Presented By Indigo Arts:

José Garcia Montebravo was one of Cuba’s leading naif artists, with a worldwide following.. While he was self-taught as an artist, he was hardly naive in the English sense of the word. He was a witty and sophisticated man, with a sure, fluid line in pen or brush. In his relatively short career the Cienfuegos geography teacher turned artist created a rich self-contained world of myth and fantasy.

Montebravo was a university graduate, who was for many years a professor of geography at the Villa Clara Superior Pedagogical Institute. Though he had painted since he was a child, Montebravo began to paint seriously in 1980 and had his first solo exhibition in 1984. He lived throughout his career in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos, where he became a leading member of the art community. He was an enthusiastic mentor to many younger artists. He exhibited individually and collectively, in Europe and the United States as well as in Cuba. Monte has been featured in many exhibits at Indigo Arts Gallery since 1999. In 2002 we were able to host his visit to our Philadelphia gallery. Art historian Gerald Mouial devoted a chapter to Montebravo in his 2004 book, Magic Art in Cuba.

Montebravo’s work on paper and canvas was informed by his vast curiosity. He had a keen knowledge of natural history and art history as well as the Afro-Cuban religions such as Santeria. As Mouial tells us, Montebravo especially identified with “El Monte” (“the Mount”), described as, “a sacred place where dead people, spirits, animals and plants live.” “I carry that world inside me, the world of animals, plants and messengers of each person.”

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InLiquid Presents J. Gordon and Justin Baldwin

inliquid
  • January 8 – March 6, 2015
  • Second Thursday receptions: Jan. 8 and Feb. 12, 6 – 9 pm
  • The Hall
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

/Action at a Distance/ features two complementary series of works by InLiquid member J. Gordon and Philadelphia based artist Justin Baldwin. The first is a collaborative series between artists J. Gordon (WA) and Adam Erick Wallace (NY), which incorporates elements of both of their artistic practices into a single body of work that refers to the horizon of the landscape and its underlying structure. The photographs used are from a larger collection of work entitled /Wanderings/. Taken while Wallace traveled throughout the American West, the source images describe a series of poetic moments that connect to create a larger implied narrative. After his own trip across the country, Gordon responded to this notion of a blurred landscape as seen from a car window by distorting the images, stretching them, and incorporating geometric elements as proxies for unseen forms and structures. Justin Baldwin’s series of abstract paintings is a response to this collaborative work.

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