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Political Expressions and Aesthetic Choices

by ANDLAB Friday, Apr. 21, 2006 at 9:05 PM
ibexgroup2000@yahoo.com (323) 222-2225 600 Moulton Ave. #303, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Political Expressions and Aesthetic Choices Buenos Aires - Havana: Works by Atilio Pernisco and Ivan Abreu May 6 - July 1, 2006 Opening reception : May 6, 2006, 7-9 pm

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Political Expressions and Aesthetic Choices

Buenos Aires - Havana:

Works by Atilio Pernisco and Ivan Abreu

May 6 - July 1, 2006 Opening reception : May 6, 2006, 7-9 pm

A N D L A B 600 Moulton Ave. #303, LA, CA 90031 T. 323-222-2225 www.ANDLAB.com/art Tues-Sat 11 am-5 pm

The politicization of art in twentieth century Latin America remains an important factor as the new century moves

forward. In an effort to explore the vast and diverse landscape of Latin American art ANDLAB presents: Buenos Aires -

Havana: Political Expressions and Aesthetic Choices: Works by Atilio Pernisco and Ivan Abreu. The political, social, and

cultural realities of Atilio Pernisco’s Argentina and Ivan Abreu’s Cuba are worlds apart. The open contemporary society

of Buenos Aires, colored by its dark history of militarism, and the influence of European artistic forms, spurred Atilio

Pernisco to create his own history. His images of generals and politicians comment on the absurdities of state power

unsupported by the masses, and of ideology void of human reason. Pernisco’s history urges a younger generation to look

back at the past in order to understand the roots of their society, and he counters the fear-mongering of contemporary

politicians by clothing their ilk in magical, absurd garments. Havana, in contrast, has been a more closed and politicized

society, with heavy influence from its African heritage in art and culture of the island. This cultural intensity has turned

Ivan Abreu’s reality into an abstract world of forms and textures. They are the forms and textures of an ever present nostalgia

for his decaying city by the sea. Ivan was born in Manhattan, where he lived until the age seven. The next two formative

decades were spent in Havana, followed by his return to the United States. Being from both Cuba and the U.S. automatically

places a person into a politically conflicted state of being. Is it then surprising that this sensitive artist moved

away from this reality towards the textured and magical abstractions of his remembered Havana? It is to these aesthetic

differences that we speak in this exhibition. Contrasts that make the vast Latin world so rich and colorful are found in the

works of Atilio Per nisco and Ivan Abreu. Through the recognition of their individual political voices, and the realization

that their aesthetic choices mirror their life experiences, two seemingly disparate Latin artists find common ground.

ANDLAB shows works by contemporary artists in its gallery. It acts as a forum for the presentation of ideas through its

range of lectures, concerts, and discussions. ANDLAB, in its mission to foster curiosity and knowledge, offers a variety

of educational opportunities and creative developments through its selection of art and design classes and projects. For

additional information and for all inquiries, please contact the exhibit curator Shervin Shahbazi or ANDLAB’s associate

director, Gita Hess at 323-222-2225.

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