Fifth Anniversary Collective

June 14 – August 18, 2018

Cristina Toro

Luna de Miel, 2015-2017

Acrylic paint, collage, photographs on paper

18 1/4h x 11 1/2w x 12d in

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Juan Dolhare

Land / Escape I, 2016

Etching

18 64/127h x 24 47/127w in

JuDo027

Santiago Quesnel

Untitled, 2017

Oil on trace paper

39h x 27 1/2w in

SaQu036

Eduardo Cardozo

Baroque (Barroco), 2016

Oil on canvas

38h x 61 1/2w in

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Carlos Estévez

Transeúnte suturador [Stitching Transient], 2016

Oil and watercolor pencil on canvas

16h x 12w in

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Vicente Hernández

El Reloj Cucú [The Cuckoo Clock], 2017

Oil on canvas

12h x 9w in

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Alejandra Laviada

Magenta, 2014

Pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper

42h x 35w in

Framed: 44 1/4h x 37w in

Edition 4/5 + 2 AP

AL020

Humberto Ríos

Deceso no. 9, Sin Datos, Calzada de los Muertos, Teotihuacán, Estado de México (from the series "Forensic Documents"), 2013

digital photography. archival pigment print

12 26/127h x 15 95/127w in

Framed: 17 1/2h x 21w in

Edition 1/5 + 2 AP

HR028

Karina Juárez

Piel II (from the series "Acciones para recordar"), Oaxaca, Mexico, 2012

Giclée on 310 gsm cotton paper

15 3/4h x 23 1/2w in

Framed: 17h x 24 7/8w in

Edition 1/7 + 2 AP

KJ004

Press Release

Charlotte, North Carolina – Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects is pleased to present its Fifth Anniversary Collective, a group show featuring nine selected artists who have exhibited with the gallery since its opening in March 2013, and celebrating its fifth year in operation.

The category of Latin American contemporary art, based on the origins of its artists, was formally established in approximately 1970. It has since emerged as one of the most important and influential in the evolution of the globalized contemporary art market, in spite of its broadly generalized categorization and continued challenge of being a less-recognized force as compared to more popular geographical originations. In addition to the vast cultural differences between its 33 nations, which a fact in-of-itself adds weight to its significance, the evidence of its importance has recently been reinforced by the establishment of departments and curators dedicated to collecting, researching, and exhibiting Latin American art in many major museums and art institutions across Europe and North America, including Tate Britain (London), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). 

Additionally, the most recent edition of Pacific Standard Time, an initiative of the Getty with arts organizations throughout Southern California, was titled “PST: LA/LA – A Celebration Beyond Borders.”  It was the largest initiative ever assembled to focus on Latin American and Latino Art, with the participation of over 70 art institutions throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.

Fifth Anniversary Collective at LaCa Projects highlights the exceptional talents of nine artists, all whose distinctive styles and approaches have been influenced by their identities as Latin American artists. Included in this exhibition will be works by Eduardo Cardozo (Uruguay), Juan Dolhare (Argentina), Carlos Estévez (Cuba), Vicente Hernández (Cuba), Santiago Quesnel (Argentina), Cristina Toro (Puerto Rico), as well as artists Karina Juárez, Alejandra Laviada, and Humberto Rios, who were presented during the LaCa Projects segment of the Charlotte-wide “In Focus: Contemporary Photography in Mexico” exhibition in September 2017.

Some works offer responses to past or present social or political environments in each of their respective native countries; others offer invitations into the artists’ passions, psyches, and deeply personal experiences, from their childhoods to present-day. While thematic concepts range greatly, the common impression is the level of sophistication, complexity, and form from which these artists create, offering the viewer a heightened sense of awareness of the social and material conditions that surrounded these artists in the past, and the contemporary realities of a 21st century artist.

A public opening celebration will take place at LaCa Projects on Thursday, June 14, from 6-8pm.

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