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Friday, April 29, 2011

CALL FOR ARTISTS - BROWNSVILLE LIVING




Craig Grove-Realtor

Artists for display at BL First Thursday event
Hello Everyone,

I am looking for some Latin or Chicano influenced art work for the next BL Happy Hour on Cinco De Mayo. I'd like a few artist to bring a couple of examples that they can display on their own easels for the event. Please have any interested parties contact me.

Thanks,

Craig
Brownsville Living Founder
832-4458

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Grass Eater by G. Trevino

Painting by Gabriel Trevino

Title: The Grass Eater

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions: 16" X 20"

Date: 2011



Monday, April 18, 2011

BMFA - 40TH INTERNATIONAL ART SHOW

Tony Munoz - Title:Hayla and Shatz Price:$10,000.
"The BMFA International Art Show is probably becoming, if not already the most prestigious show for local artist to enter and sum their artistic ability against each other and competitively against international entries."

This painting above by Tony Munoz was (hung at the entrance, right wall), in my opinion dominated the show with its striking aesthetic beauty. This classically well framed piece, I think it is just overall painting and presentation eye pleasing, an entry that really brings all to the table.. There is a sort of spoilness grin about the young girl as she gaze away from the viewer.. Rich dominant white and reds - vibrant plush of comfort settles you in the luxury sofa and comfort gold pillow.. The detail concentrated on the gold pillow which draws the viewer in, I think is just right..

Elisa Filippone - Title:"The girl from Paris" . Allot of character on this profile painting of a young girl. Photo realistic , the expression on the subject is very demanding, there is lose style about the sky blue head band which is almost too shimmering, as if aquatic, which takes away from the expressive eyes. Another piece that is complimented to an extent by the frame. I think several artist will question the idea of framing, but I think when it comes to a competition, I think you have to bring that extra edge to make it work in some cases.



Diana Karina Torres - "Enrique"- Price:$700 . At first glance I thought this piece was a painting by Rigoberto, to my surprise , it was not. The massive subject ponders about as he lays restlessly in bed. The black and white painting seems cold, unpleasing, the red blanket simply has no dominating color effect. This painting was hung left exiting the entrance, in between switches and alarm lights, which I think took from the painting. I enjoyed this piece.





Cristina Anzures - Title:Kiktapuk Princess from 3500 - $500. Here a style not much seen. The drawing on plexy glass seems digitally produced.



Adriana Cisneros - Title: Cesar - Price: $500.
Surreal - contemporary, very fresh, black and white photo, of a subject sparking a smoke. I think this piece seems to pay tribute to Americana, American pop culture- the bad boy image. Piece captures the viewers attention. You almost simply pause when you realize the man has only one eye. A distortion of reality. You can only wonder what is going on in this piece, which I think pulls the viewer in, which does the work much justice.




Something I have always noticed about , pencil drawings and water colors, they are always cast aside, never the center of attention of these types of shows. They are largely overlooked.. I think , they are accepted but not recognized as a major entry, which is something to think about. I think they should have a show of there own, in order to invest to there attention.




Teadoro Estrada - Title: The Visitor - $3,500 - This organic white spinal organism like hovers gently above the abstract carcass. I was actually intreged to learn Teadoro had produced this piece having seen much of his work on display in local shows, this piece cetainly was most impressive distintictive from his previouse work.. Again a peice which label and ribbon was tagged to the nose of the peice, making it an unpleasing sight to photograph, but certainly a congratulations winning "Honorable Mention".

One of the most upfront controversial pieces entered. The doll symbolically expresses border issues, in direct to the border laws and ideology towards pregnant immigrant woman. The rag doll sits almost gagged to silence, and paranoia, the viewer is summoned captive to the uncomfort.

This sculptor piece just did not look good on the floor.. Several pieces I noticed had the tag simply just taped on them taking away the aesthetic value.


This annual show has alot to offer, as art always does regardless of opinion. I think ,and it is clearly seen the BMFA continues to struggle without a Curator , which continues to hurt the museums credibility to push beyond local and international quality and excellence.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Casa de Cultura Carlotta Petrina : Video by The Art of Brownsville


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Friday, April 08, 2011

Cesar Martinez judges BMFA:40th International Art Show - Opens April 13, 2011


Judge - Cesar Martinez
40th International Art Show Juried exhibition: April 13 - June 4, 2011

Monday, April 04, 2011

Cande - Upcoming 2011 Art Exhibits


"Where the Heck Am I?" by Luis Sanchez

For Immediate Release


The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC Presents Where the Heck Am I?


The Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC presents “Where the Heck Am I?” a senior student show by Luis Sanchez. The gallery is located at 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520. Opening reception will be on Thursday April 7, 20211 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., light refreshments will be served. The show will run from Thursday April 7, 2011 to April 21, 2011. The art gallery is open from Monday to Friday.


Artist Statement

Where am I? This simple question has spawned a thousand stories, partly because it naturally draws out a myriad of even more intriguing queries that beg for tales to answer them. If this is where I am, where did I come from? Where will I go from here? Why am I here? How do I make sense of this place and time? How do I share my tale? Will anyone believe me? Every time we ask these questions, we beg for stories to be told, for rich meaningful explanations and reasons that do not approximate simple or even satisfying answers. When I first began my career as an artist, I realized that the journey to self-discovery, my story, was about to begin. As my career developed, I was surprised by the discovery that art was not simply emotions pasted on paper, but rather an amalgamation of the political, historical, and cultural narratives that influence, provoke and push people, often pushing them into the escape of other worlds. I am a journeyman into a world of visual arts and a dreamland of my own imagination, and in this journey I have discovered my own identity and control over my craft through the guidance of the dreamscapes and visionary landscapes of influential artists such as Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Carlos G. Gomez, Gustav Klimt, and Maurice Sendak. My progress, shaped by these artists, has been fueled by a transformative habit of questioning. What are my questions? The most simple is the one I began with: where am I? But really, this question masks the host of questions that led to it: how to control materials, how to control messages, and ultimately how to exert control over an uncontrollable, often wildly alienating and strange world. The above mentioned artists’ influence combined with this igniting tendency to question has kindled the fire of my art and left more than a few searing lessons upon me. I hope to explore both my development in response to these broader technical questions and my interaction and inspiration with several influential artists.

Luis Sanchez


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Art by Rosendo Sandoval - Title:"La que bailo con el diablo " contact: galloblanco03@yahoo.com

Art by Rosendo Sandoval - Title:"La que bailo con el diablo " contact: galloblanco03@yahoo.com

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