Efectos Secundarios Culturales-Cultural Side Effects Exhibition

Frankie G. Weems Gallery in the Meredith College Art Department is pleased to present Efectos Secundarios Culturales-Cultural Side Effects. The exhibition runs September 17-October 9, 2015. An opening reception will be held on September 17 from 5 – 7 p.m., followed by musical performances at 7 p.m.

The featured trio of artists, Jose’ Manuel Cruz, Rafael Osuba and Mariana Rodriguez- Pardy, reflect upon their respective cultures of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico-Colombia and Mexico.  

Cruz seeks to represent what would remain if stereotypes were removed. Cruz creates vibrant and energetic paintings expressing dance and movement to works reflecting on childhood stories and memories.  Cruz states that, ‘our art is created from emotions that live through our experiences as Art first and then our culture.’

Osuba tells stories of Puerto Rican history through the rich traditions of music, dance and food expressed in festivals which blend African culture and heritage and the strength and grace of the Taíno who were indigenous peoples and the first inhabitants of Puerto Rico.

Rodriquez-Pardy practices traditional methods as the use of red earthenware burnished with quartz. Rodriquez-Pardy often crafts vessels related to the Mexican folk tradition of the Tree of Life but has recently expanded into narrative sculptural installations.

Exhibition opening will feature breakdancing, storytelling and Puerto Rican percussion.

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