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Past Exhibits at El Taller: 2012

HABITATS: Eva Nikolova, Miguel Pons, Gesche Würfel

On exhibit from November 26, 2012 to January 9, 2013

Habitats The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Habitats, an art exhibition featuring the work of Eva Nikolova, Miguel Pons and Gesche Würfel.

Habitats features the work of three immigrant artists whose work examines notions of home, translocation, the environment and the universal pursuit of a sense of belonging. The work in the show includes a variety of mediums, including chemigrams, mixed media paintings and photographs.

Gesche Würfel (Bremerhaven, Germany) presents photographs from two projects: "Moon Safari" exploring how landscape is perceived in the aftermath of environmental catastrophes; and "Go for Gold!" exploring spaces of the Lower Lea Valley as it underwent a massive transformation in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

Miguel Pons (Caracas, Venezuela) works with mixed media he is mostly inspired by the patterns found in nature. He superimposes multiple layers of translucent materials to create a dense system that emulates the complexities of nature and how humans interact with their surroundings.

Eva Nikolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) presents a series of chemigrams -- images fashioned with photographic chemicals on light sensitive paper- titled Ordinary Disappearances featuring imaginary Balkan landscapes exploring by the concept of memory and inspired by a trip home after a ten-year absence. As an immigrant continually grappling with the meaning of "Home" she is drawn to images of houses as symbols of memory, longing, desire, and identity.

This exhibit is curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Diablos Rojos: Fin de una era -- Sofia Verzbolovskis

On exhibit from September 21 to October 19

Sofia Verzbolovskis Diablos Rojos: Fin de una era is a photographic tribute to Panama City's retiring buses and main public transportation from 1950 to 2011, when they began to be replaced by modern "user-friendly" equipment.

Today, more than 600 buses sit abandoned in a junkyard in the city's outskirts, awaiting cremation.

Over the past few years my dad, Lucas Verzbolovskis, had been wanting to document Diablos Rojos as Panama's most important urban art, especially after their removal from circulation. Then, in January 2012, after several attempts at getting the permit to photograph them, we made our way to this junkyard and documented their unique frames, whose paintings depict magical landscapes, celebrities global and local, the drivers' own family members, religious imagery and popular Panamanian sayings.

Read about Diablos Rojos in the news: Huffington Post and two articles in La Prensa (Panama): here and here

Sofia Verzbolovskis es una fotógrafa panameña basada en Nueva York. Después de obtener su licenciatura en NYU en 2009, viajó a Accra, Ghana como voluntaria en una escuela local. En Ghana comenzó a enfocarse en la fotografía. Regresó a Nueva York para cursar el programa de foto-periodismo en el International Center of Photography (2010-2011).

Sus fotos han sido publicadas en Huffington Post, Musee Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Cafe Babel, entre otros. Más recientemente, su serie de fotos tomadas con el iPhone han sido exhibidas en galerías en Oklahoma, Vermont y Colorado.
Sofia Verzbolovskis is a Panamanian photographer and writer based in New York. After graduating from NYU in 2009, she traveled to Accra, Ghana as a volunteer in a local school. While in Ghana, Sofia began to focus on photography. She returned to New York to follow a photo-journalism program at the International Center of Photography (2010-2011).

Sofia's photos have been published in the Huffington Post, Musee Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Cafe Babel, among others. More recently her series of photos taken with an iPhone were exhibited in galleries in Oklahoma, Vermont and Colorado.

EARTH ALERT - INX Artists and the Environment

On exhibit from July 16 to August 31

Earth Exhibit Participating Artists:
Michelle Barnes - David Chelsea - Paul Corio - Susann Ferris-Jones - Vivienne Flesher - Felipe Galindo - David Gothard - Ryan Inzana - Randy Jones - Janusz Kapusta - Thomas Kerr - David Klein - Igor Kopelnitsky - Martin Kozlowski - Peter Kuper - Laird Ogden - Sara Schwartz - Jill Karla Schwarz - Rob Shepperson - Brad Teare - Robert Zimmerman.

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Political Neighbors: Rius, Feggo, El Fisgón -- Three Master Cartoonists of Mexico

On exhibit from May 7 to June 30
Rius Feggo and El Fisgon Political Neighbors presents the work Rius, Feggo,and El Fisgón, three pivotal figures in Mexico's political cartooning and offers a survey of their take on issues in Mexico and the United States over the past four decades, including immigration, U.S./Mexico relations, human rights,globalization, and the environment. The show features a collection of works from the 1970s to 2012, published in Mexico and the U.S.

Rius (Eduardo del Río) is a world-renowned political cartoonist and intellectual. His cartoons have been published extensively since the 1960s. Rius has written over a hundred books, and he is the creator of the "For Beginners" format, which includes books on Marx, Cuba, education, philosophy and many other topics. He lives and works in Tepoztlán, Mexico.

Feggo (Felipe Galindo) works in cartoons, animation, illustration, fine art, and public art. His work is exhibited and published worldwide. He is the creator of the celebrated project "Manhatitlan," a series of works on paper, animations, and a book about the intertwining of Mexican and American cultures in New York. He lives and works in New York City.

El Fisgón (Rafael Barajas) is one of Mexico's leading political cartoonists, the author of seven cartoon books, including "How to Succeed at Globalization," a comic-book history of capitalism and globalization. He lives and works in Mexico.

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Arroyo and presented in collaboration with NACLA (The North American Congress on Latin America.)

Read about the exhibit in El Diario and Univision.

Women's Work: Patricia Cazorla, Stacy Mohammed and Jayanthi Moorthy

On exhibit from March 12 to April 28

Women's Work In celebration of Women's History Month, The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Women's Work, featuring the work of New York-based artists Patricia Cazorla, Stacy Mohammed and Jayanthi Moorthy.

Patricia Cazorla presents a series of mixed media drawings of cityscapes inspired by early nineteen century buildings, created in charcoal, ballpoint pen, oil paint, hand-dyed canvas and paper. Cazorla is a visual artist working with performance and visual art. She studied at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute and is originally from Venezuela.

Stacy Mohammed presents paintings on canvas that explore Catholicism and it's symbols, combining saints with everyday products from popular culture. Mohammed received an MFA from Boston University has exhibited at the The Gallery at Los Altos de Chavón, República Dominicana.

Jay Moorthy exhibits un-stretched canvases depicting the social, cultural and spiritual conflicts of Asian women. Her works evoke vintage scrolls and are executed with bare hands and non-traditional tools like combs, brooms, stubs and nails. Moorthy is originally from India, she studied design, calligraphy and art, and she works as a mentor at the Free Arts NYC and teaches at the Children's Aids Society in West Harlem.

This exhibit is curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Painted Voices: Photographs of Mission Murals by Miriam Romais

On exhibit from January 16 to March 7

Miriam Romais The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Painted Voices: Photographs of Mission Murals by Miriam Romais.

"Images of fences, garage doors, aluminum siding or windows take on new meaning when layered with painted expressions of deeply felt political action, spirituality, rebellion, playfulness and love - these murals assert the voice of the painters, and in many cases are an expression of the hopes and dreams of a neighborhood. Architectural reminders are purposefully included to evoke a subtle sense of place.

My fascination with their meaning and the temporality of these murals, inspire me to help preserve what can easily disappear or become vandalized, while helping the muralist further disseminate their histories to new and broader geographic audiences. With the help of Precita Eyes in San Francisco, these murals are kept safe as possible - therefore a percentage of print sales will be donated to this organization that has been so instrumental in their creation and preservation."

Curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Hecho A Mano

On exhibit from November 16 to January 7, 2012

Hecho a Mano The Grady Alexis gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Hecho A Mano an exhibition of ceramic works by Risa Hirsch Ehrlich and tapestries by Elizabeth Starcevic; curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Risa Hirsch Ehrlich's clay works are inspired by the art of the Abstract Expressionists. She utilizes the malleability and responsiveness of clay to create intimate pieces, playing at the boundary where intention and accident meet. Risa holds a BA in European Civilization and a MS in Mathematics Education. Upon retirement as a teacher of mathematics, she turned to studio work full time.

Elizabeth Starcevic's tapestries are meticulously woven by hand on floor looms. She experiments with the differing textures and effects that a variety of wool and other fibers can produce, creating wall-hangings inspired in part by the art of Africa and the Americas and traditional American quilts. Elizabeth was a professor of Spanish at City College, for more than 40 years. She has done all of her textile work in San Miguel de Allende.

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