The art display begins with the artists revealing that art is not just for viewing. Art can often be enigmatic; an event that occurs before and after the realization of the work. “Arte Ocurre” (Art Happens) is also about the conversation that precedes the inspiration and its capacity to change future events surrounding the experience called “life”.
In this exhibit the artists investigate and challenge the notion that art is a constant occurrence in time (past, present and future) as an ever evolving experience. Willie Báez asks, where is the line drawn between creation and inspiration; is this where art occurs, or does art occur in conversation? Does art happen at each stroke of the brush, lyric in a song, or is it in the rhythm or dance step? Myrna Micheli tells us that her work is a reflection of her reality; that it continues to transform and evolve even after she is done painting. Maria Dominguez in her paintings creates rising emotions in rhythms of jazz music even after the music is done playing. Rafael Rosario in his sculptures and drawings explores the narrow space between decay and beauty; chaos and order and Gabriel Pacheco confronts the complexities of his art on many levels (social, political, economical, and cultural). Collectively, these artists are on a parallel journey, each discovering that art may be a living thing, a non-organic energy that is always present and never ceases to be.
Willie Báez is a visual artist working and residing in Hoboken, NJ. USA