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New York

Curbs & Stoops at Rhythmology

Exhibition Detail
Las Noticias
Curated by: Jeffrey Pena
361 Union Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590

July 20th, 2012 - September 7th, 2012
July 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Exhibition Flyer, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, Exhibition Flyer
Las Noticias, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, Las Noticias,
2012, Mixed media installation
© Francisco Moreno
Las Noticias, Killing Bin Laden detail, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno,
Las Noticias, Killing Bin Laden detail,
2012, Acrylic on canvas
© Francisco Moreno
Las Noticias, Shrimp, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, Las Noticias, Shrimp,
2012, Mixed media on canvas
© Francisco Moreno
The Killing Room, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, The Killing Room,
2012, Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 144 inches
© Francisco Moreno
Captain America, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, Captain America,
2011, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Assembly Line, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, Assembly Line,
2011, Acrylic and Oil on canvas, 120 x 160 inches
© Francisco Moreno
Dallas Cowboy, Francisco MorenoFrancisco Moreno, Dallas Cowboy
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long island/hamptons
10 am - 5 pm
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)
installation, mixed-media
$1 - $50,000

Curbs & Stoops and Rhyth­mol­ogy join forces to pro­duce a series of pop-up exhi­bi­tions in West­bury, New York. We see this col­lab­o­ra­tion as an oppor­tu­nity to exper­i­ment at the inter­stice of art and per­for­mance. We hope to cre­ate a venue where engag­ing cul­tural con­ver­sa­tions can hap­pen in a social set­ting. Because we exist out­side of the tra­di­tions of the inner city art scenes, we can sup­port exper­i­men­tal projects by inner city artists. We also see our­selves as a launch­ing plat­form for inter­na­tional ris­ing stars break­ing into the New York art scene. It is in this spirit that we open with “Las Noti­cias,” (The news in Span­ish), a solo exhi­bi­tion by Mexican-American artist, Fran­cisco Moreno. In his paint­ings, murals and instal­la­tions Moreno explores notions of Amer­i­can iden­tity and iconog­ra­phy. He uses a graphic lan­guage of black and white cam­ou­flage as a metaphor for assim­i­la­tion into for­eign envi­ron­ments and for­eign conditions.

Through­out his work, Moreno con­sid­ers the process of assim­i­la­tion for immi­grants as they con­tem­plate immer­sion into Amer­i­can cul­ture. In one room, the “icon paint­ings” inc­cessently ques­tion, “What deter­mines our Amer­i­caness?” Moreno depicts the Dal­las cow­boy flags and super heroes that he often found proudly plas­tered across friends “extra rooms” in Texas. In the main exhi­bi­tion room we share key works from Moreno’s head­line series includ­ing his RISD the­sis instal­la­tion “Las Noti­cias.” In this series of work the artist takes queues from annec­dotes of his father read­ing the sports sec­tion of the news­pa­per in order to be able to par­tic­i­pate in con­ver­sa­tions at work. Inter­ested in more than asso­ci­a­tion, Moreno takes to the same medium to dis­sect Amer­i­can val­ues. The artist shares, “I want to exam­ine the images, real­ity, or sheer absur­dity of what Amer­ica con­sid­ers news. A head­line attempts to cap­tures how we func­tion in soci­ety now.” No cat­a­stro­phy falls out of the realm of rep­re­sen­ta­tion. The Texas wild­fires of 2011 and The British Petro­leum Gulf of Mex­ico oil spill are both illus­trated in his paintings.

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