Fresh : Preview: Group Show

May 1 - 31, 2020
Overview

Envisioned with a slight twist to the virtual exhibition format, FRESH: Preview offers a glimpse of works from what was to be the inaugural exhibition at our new gallery space in New York City. The opening was originally scheduled for early May, what turned out to be a time of quarantine in New York City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The excitement around finally realizing our mission of providing a permanent physical exhibition space for Cuban artists went on hold as the entire city shutdown, halting the gallery’s renovation and leaving us in limbo.

 

Apartment-bound, trying to navigate our new physical reality as well as the possibilities offered by the online world, we wanted to do something heartening that incorporated interaction with our shut down city. A purely virtual approach didn’t feel quite right; the exhibition needed warmth and a sense of physical connection to counter the feelings of isolation and sadness brought on by the pandemic. Thus, we staged FRESH: Preview amidst stacks of drywall, idle power tools and construction debris in our half-renovated gallery space. We see it as an exercise in adaptability and fortitude, bringing elements of the raw physical space to the virtual experience.

 

Not knowing what we’d find when we arrived at the gallery, we had a loose plan to install the show somewhat in keeping with the original exhibition layout, but working only with pieces we’d transported from Cuba prior to the shutdown and those we could collect from artists living locally. This conventional approach shifted quickly when we found the space full of construction material, equipment and debris. Rather than moving these things to accommodate the plan, we opted to leave the gallery undisturbed and situate the work throughout the space. There seemed to be a natural home for each work where it interacted with the rough surroundings, creating the unforeseen compositions pictured here.

 

As the original opening exhibition press release would have explained: The show brings together artists from Cuba who take an innovative approach to technique, subject, medium and style, and provides a glimpse of Cuban contemporary art today. Living in Cuba and the United States, the artists are at different stages in their careers. Their work is largely new to the United States, and some are being exhibited in New York City for the first time. 

 

Will the original show happen? Should it happen? Will it be relevant? This all remains to be seen, but what is clear is that the impact of the novel coronavirus and the long-needed end to silence about anti-black racism in our society has created space for positive change. Our hope is that we all come together and use our shared creativity to envision, build and sustain a future where people are not oppressed because of race, identity, gender or for any reason at all.

Works
  • Sandra Cordero Untitled 81, 2020 Signed on Verso. Mixed Media 20.3 x 25.4 cm
    Sandra Cordero
    Untitled 81, 2020
    Signed on Verso.
    Mixed Media
    20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • César Leal Jimenez Rock 'N' Roll Cubano No. 20, 2018 Signed. Acrylic on Paper 69.9 x 50.2 cm
    César Leal Jimenez
    Rock 'N' Roll Cubano No. 20, 2018
    Signed.
    Acrylic on Paper
    69.9 x 50.2 cm
  • César Leal Jimenez Rock 'N' Roll Cubano No. 21, 2018 Signed. Acrylic on Paper 69.9 x 50.2 cm
    César Leal Jimenez
    Rock 'N' Roll Cubano No. 21, 2018
    Signed.
    Acrylic on Paper
    69.9 x 50.2 cm
  • Yamilys Brito Jorge Amor Salvaje (Savage Love), 2018 Signed. Mixed Media 49.5 x 34.9 cm
    Yamilys Brito Jorge
    Amor Salvaje (Savage Love), 2018
    Signed.
    Mixed Media
    49.5 x 34.9 cm
  • Yamilys Brito Jorge Presente de Amor! (Love Present!), 2018 Signed. Mixed Media 49.5 x 34.9 cm
    Yamilys Brito Jorge
    Presente de Amor! (Love Present!), 2018
    Signed.
    Mixed Media
    49.5 x 34.9 cm
  • Yamilys Brito Jorge Odalisca (Odalisque), 2018 Signed. Mixed Media 49.5 x 34.9 cm
    Yamilys Brito Jorge
    Odalisca (Odalisque), 2018
    Signed.
    Mixed Media
    49.5 x 34.9 cm
  • Alejandro Justiz Skyline, 2019 Acrylic, Ink and Markers on Paper 71.1 x 99.1 cm
    Alejandro Justiz
    Skyline, 2019
    Acrylic, Ink and Markers on Paper
    71.1 x 99.1 cm
  • Abel López All Star Series: Pink Boss, 2017 Signed on Verso. Assemblage on Vinyl 43.2 x 43.2 cm
    Abel López
    All Star Series: Pink Boss, 2017
    Signed on Verso.
    Assemblage on Vinyl
    43.2 x 43.2 cm
  • Abel López All Star Series: Space Invaders, 2017 Signed on Verso. Assemblage On Vinyl 43.2 x 43.2 cm
    Abel López
    All Star Series: Space Invaders, 2017
    Signed on Verso.
    Assemblage On Vinyl
    43.2 x 43.2 cm
  • Luis Alberto Alvarez López Metal Plate 1, 2019 Mixed Media on Metal 33.0 x 26.7 cm
    Luis Alberto Alvarez López
    Metal Plate 1, 2019
    Mixed Media on Metal
    33.0 x 26.7 cm
  • Luis Alberto Alvarez López Metal Plate 2, 2019 Mixed Media 33.0 x 26.7 cm
    Luis Alberto Alvarez López
    Metal Plate 2, 2019
    Mixed Media
    33.0 x 26.7 cm
  • William Perez, Untitled, 2020
    William Perez, Untitled, 2020
  • Jorge Wellesley Love II, 2017 Signed on Verso. Oil on Canvas 24.8 x 41.9 cm
    Jorge Wellesley
    Love II, 2017
    Signed on Verso.
    Oil on Canvas
    24.8 x 41.9 cm
  • R10 (Jorge Rodríguez Diez) Missing Link, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas 116.8 x 91.4 cm
    R10 (Jorge Rodríguez Diez)
    Missing Link, 2018
    Acrylic on Canvas
    116.8 x 91.4 cm
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