UP*SIDE*DOWN (turmoil, disasters & shootings)
Pan American Art Projects is very pleased to announce our next exhibition of works by artists Luis Cruz Azaceta and Luis Enrique Camejo.
Luis Cruz Azaceta. “UP * SIDE * DOWN (turmoil, disasters & shootings)” Luis Cruz Azaceta continues working with political and social themes. In this exhibition he surveys of all the major political events that occurred around the globe:those that affect the world such as the Arab Spring, those that distress directly a specific country such as Iraq, and those that touch a community, like the Cuban Ladies in White of Havana. These pieces illustrate a departure in his imagery. Although he is still commenting on social issues, in his previous series of works the artist transmitted directly his intentions through his powerful images, especially his trademark distorted human figures. In these new pieces the message is disguised in these semi abstract forms of bright colors, and the titles become a guide to the real intentions behind each piece. Project Room: Sandy Hook Shooting Series.
In the Project Room we will present a selection of pieces by Azaceta inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. This tragic incident and the associations derived from other recent shootings around the country, inspired Azaceta: in these works he uses child-like imagery as a direct reference to the involvement of children. The crudeness of the imagery is meant to shock, a cruel reminder of the lives lost and hopefully an awakening call. These pieces are closer to his characteristic human figures, distorted by the horror of the incident represented. Azaceta isolated the faces to draw attention to on the emotional factor.
Luis Cruz Azaceta was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1942, and currently lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Azaceta is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C; the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant, New York, the Pollock Krasner Award; and the New York Foundation for the Arts Awards, among others. His work can be found in collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington, DC; The Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida; The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona, among others.