THERE: Postcards from Havana
Pan American Art Projects is very pleased to announce our next exhibition of works by Cuban-American artists Gustavo Acosta and Carlos Gonzalez.
Gustavo Acosta. THERE: Postcards from Havana THERE: Postcards from Havana is a historical survey of works done throughout the artist's career based on the city of Havana. Acosta depicts views of the city in which its unique profile emerges like snapshots seen through the filters of time. The series of works represents the artist's intent to connect the past and present of this iconic city, which was his home. Postcards were historically used as a quick communication or to send greetings to those back home from a romanticized destination which the sender was visiting.Unfortunately, the widespread use of internet has rendered such modes of communication practically obsolete, thus postcards have become more of a relic of the past and an oddity to be collected. Acosta uses this transition as a way of reinforcing a connection with the past. Formally he uses “technical resources” such as colors similar to those used in old times to hand-color postcards.The series can also be associated with memories and dreams, that fleeting time between dusk and dawn when a city sleeps. The piece Memory Lane, best represents these concepts as it illustrates the artist taking a mental trip to the past , to the Havana that he left more than 20 years ago. This exhibition is in a way a counterpart to his last solo show in 2011 titled Here, in which he painted views of Miami, the city where he lives now. While Here is a recording of his current place,There becomes a recorded view of the past.