Mar 07 2014
First Friday Downtown: Cuba & Other Considerations: The Art of Carlos Manuel Cárdenes & Esteban Blanco presented by UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art at GOCA 121, Colorado Springs CO

First Friday Downtown: Cuba & Other Considerations...

Presented by UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art at GOCA 121

Join us for First Friday! Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 5-8pm Exhibit Dates | Feb. 7 – March 22, 2014

The Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs seek to serve a vital role in the region – introducing artists to our community who are vigorously contemporary in their concepts, operate at superior levels of craft, and spark critical and cultural dialogue through their work. The work of Carlos Manuel Cárdenes and Esteban Blanco connect on all of these points, introducing our audience to two Cuban-American expatriate artists working within a rich artistic heritage while navigating their personal cultural journeys. Through photography, bronze, stainless steel and mixed-media sculptural works, the artists have created a singular dialogue in our downtown GOCA121 gallery space that is wholly inviting and visually stunning. Esteban Blanco's metal works inspired by Italo Calvino's work of fiction The Invisible Cities address the human tendency to idealize our home after we have long departed. A second sculptural series – Violent Toys – includes mixed-media sculptures at once playful and deadly serious with cultural commentary. Both series of works demonstrate an expert level of craft while engaging us in the artist's powerful voice and vision.

Carlos Manuel Cárdenes has documented fellow Cuban expatriate artists with sensitivity and intelligence through his FACES portait series (ongoing from 2008 through the present). Cárdenes has graciously donated many of these works to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where they are currently on display in the UCCS Kraemer Family Library main floor space. Following the exhibit of 61 portraits at GOCA, the works exhibited will be mounted in another prominent location on the campus as a permanent addition to the UCCS art collection. GOCA thanks the CU President's Fund for the Humanities and the UCCS Chancellor's Office for making possible the exhibit, related artist residencies, and a catalog publication. We are grateful for the work of exhibit collaborator Dr. Andrea O'Reilly Herrera who has contributed an illuminating essay for the catalog publication. Finally, we thank all of our individual supporters in the community who have made our 2013-2014 season a reality through their generous donations.

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Dates & Times

2014/03/07 - 2014/03/07

Location Info

GOCA 121

121 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903