Marco Canale and Manuel Diaz
Canale Diaz Art Center Directors,
cordially invite you to the
Opening Reception of

PopMatters

Catalogue essay by Raisa Clavijo

On Friday, July 15th, 7 –10 pm

146 Madeira Ave.
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134

www.canalediaz.com
info@canalediaz.com

R.S.V.P.

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“PopMatters” gathers recent works from five Latin-American artists: Raul Cardozo, Andres Celis, Antonio Cortes Rolon, Ahmed Gomez and Alejandro Plaza. United by their immersion in the Contemporary Pop Art movement, they make the fundamentals of the ‘50s & ‘60s their own to enrich the current visual arts language. These artists share different angles and connections with Pop Art, while maintaining similar legacies.

Alejandro Plaza, Lon-York, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 75 in.
Alejandro Plaza, Lon-York, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 75 in.

The show begins with the seductive aesthetics of Cuban Ahmed Gomez and his Pin-Up Girls astutely intertwined with lines and strokes that suddenly bring us closer to the abstract language. This blend of movements is also very familiar to Venezuelan Alejandro Plaza, who shares with us the optimistic vision of his inner world by combining surreal and abstract features, while preserving his contemporary Pop Art core.

Ahmed Gomez, Dangerous Liaisons, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 54 in.
Ahmed Gomez, Dangerous Liaisons, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 54 in.

PopMatters is also an invitation for Puerto Rican Antonio Cortes Rolon with his latest series titled “An actor at the White House”, with which he explores the influence and complementarity of two very different spheres of power: Politics and Showbiz.

Antonio Cortes Rolon, Barack & George, 2013. Acrylic on canvas |36 x 36 in.  
Antonio Cortes Rolon, Barack & George, 2013. Acrylic on canvas |36 x 36 in. 

With Venezuelan Andres Celis the center resumes the appreciation of craftsmanship as an art expression, this time around profoundly immersed in today’s pop culture. His sculptures are meticulously carved and flawlessly finished through the use of techniques as modern as distant to the art world.

Andres Celis, 4:40, 2015. Enamel on wood, 42 x 15 x 12 in.
Andres Celis, 4:40, 2015. Enamel on wood, 42 x 15 x 12 in.
Andres Celis, Yellow Flame, 2015. Enamel on metal, 79" x 31 x 28 in.
Andres Celis, Yellow Flame, 2015. Enamel on metal, 79″ x 31 x 28 in.

This group show is also an invitation for Venezuelan Raul Cardozo and his series “The Last Supper.” The artist makes a satirical combination between modern life icons and the one of the most emblematic biblical scene. Very quietly, the viewer is advised of the author’s critique on today’s consumer society and globalized world.

 

Raul Cardozo, La Ultima Cena, 2015. Mixed Media, 51 x 79 x 4 in.
Raul Cardozo, La Ultima Cena, 2015. Mixed Media, 51 x 79 x 4 in.

On display until August 27, the exhibition will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm to those who would like to revisit the fundamentals of the Pop Art movement through the eyes of an inspiring new generation of artists. The Opening Reception will count with the presence of artists Ahmed Gomez and Antonio Cortes Rolon.

For more information on the show, the artists or the center, please visit our website or contact us.


About Canale Diaz Art Center

Directed by Marco Canale and Manuel Diaz, this cultural space is primarily focused on Latin American Contemporary Fine Art in three main streams: New Abstractions,Neo-Pop and Conceptual Figuration.

Apart from visual arts, the center fuses other forms of artistic expressions, such as performing arts, literature and also education, in their activities and events with the purpose of providing a culturally enriching experience to the South Florida public.

The Center is also an extraordinary venue for your corporate VIP events and has a specialized team that offers art advisory services, as well as framing, handling, packing and transportation for your artworks.


Canale Diaz Art Center

146 Madeira Ave.
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134

786-615-2622

www.canalediaz.com
info@canalediaz.com

Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm