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Past Exhibits at El Taller: 2014 and 2015

Through the Looking Glass: Works by Yunuen Esparza with Augmented Reality

On exhibit from December 15, 2015 to January 26, 2016

Artist, Yunuen Esparza, comes to the Grady Alexis Gallery from Mexico.

Her cubo-fugurative works are skillfully conveyed and further embellished by a timely (and clever) approach that uses the Yunuene™App that make these paintings come to life.

Disjointed: Works by Radius 12 featuring Malota Perera-Riveroll, Paulina Perera-Riveroll, Peter Kane, Mark Cobrin.

On exhibit from November 5 to December 6

RadiusTwelve returns for their second event at the Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano, presenting their own artwork as individual artists. In addition RadiusTwelve will feature a retrospective of "TWO WORDS," their interactive mobile gallery installation which they presented in Galeria Ambulante.

Co-founded in April 2011 by Paulina Perera-Riveroll, Peter Kane, Mark Cobrin and Malota Perera-Riveroll, RadiusTwelve is a group of independent artists working together to showcase contemporary art. Galería Ambulante is a mobile gallery, exhibiting installations around the city.

On The Spot: Paintings by Rifka Milder and Arnold Brooks

On exhibit from September 20 to October 31

The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present On The Spot, an exhibition of paintings by New York-based visual artists Rifka Milder and Arnold Brooks.

This exhibition inaugurates El Taller/The Grady Alexis Gallery's new home in Artspace P.S.109, a building dedicated to the preservation of art and artists in New York's El Barrio. El Taller and the Grady Alexis Gallery present a series of exhibitions, "Encuentros/Encounters", inspired by our vision of this community. On The Spot, features two artists whose works highlight this ideal.

Milder's and Brooks' works are distinct and demonstrate the individual skill necessary to the expression of their craft, yet we can appreciate how these artists, who have collaborated in projects over many years, have influenced each other. It feels keen and important in a moment where digitalization makes "sharing" instantaneous, to experience a visual conversation that has occurred over time. As we view these glorious works, Milder, whose painterly style is poetic and emotional, and Brooks, whose feels precise, like a composer of expressed color and form, we can imagine a life-time worth of conversations rising and falling spontaneously in chance encounters.

Rifka Milder is a native New Yorker. A suit of 10 monoprints were recently published by Isthmus Pictures and Sounds. Her paintings are shown and collected internationally.

Arnold Brooks is a painter, musician, filmmaker, and printmaker born in Panamá. He received a research grant from New School University titled The Alchemical Marriage of Intaglio and Lithography to attempt the combination of Lithography and Intaglio into a single unified technique. He teaches printmaking at Brooklyn College.

PanaMóvil: Mobile phone photographs of Panama by Sofia Verzbolovskis

On exhibit from June 18 to July 31

PanaMóvil The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present PanaMóvil, an exhibition of mobile phone photographs by New York-based visual artist Sofia Verzbolovskis.

For Ms. Verzbolovskis photography is a way to "capture the hidden geometry of the urban landscape... uncovering the overlooked symmetries of buildings, pedestrians, and daily life on the streets." Her images are spontaneous, gestural and well composed windows into a world that we recognize and that is sometimes exotic, or maybe from a dream. In viewing these images, it is hard not to think about the other windows, other times, like times before the iPhone, when the camera was less ubiquitous. Yet, Sofia's work reminds us that the soul of the artist lives in the artist, not in her camera at all.

Sofia Verzbolovskis is a Panamanian photographer and writer based in New York. She is a contributor for Huffington Post, where she writes about art, music, and travel. Her photos have been published in Musée Magazine, Huffington Post, Jungles in Paris, La Prensa, among other publications.

Fellow Beings: Works by Camilla Marstrand Golden

On exhibit from May 21 to June 11

 Fellow Beings New York, May 13, 2015 to The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Fellow Beings, an exhibition featuring the illustrations of by New York-based visual artist Camilla Marstrand Golden.

The works in Fellow Beings reflect relationships that we find when we observe and feel closely as Ms. Marstrand Golden has done. Her meditations on city life are playful, loving and full of the wonder of the unconscious mind, yet her line, grasp of materials and insight are the marks of wisdom, confidence and maturity. Splashes of color lend themselves to emotional tone, light and sound. The energy of her brushstrokes in Sumi ink lends both force and tenderness to her work.

Camilla Marstrand Golden is a native of Denmark. Her passion for quality children's literature has led her to join a children's book writers group to better integrate text and illustration. She works as a graphic artist, web designer and art educator in New York City.

The Official Line/La Linea Official: Works by x-it

On exhibit from April 16 to May 7

The Official Line/La Linea Official We are pleased to present "The Official Line/La Linea Oficial", an exhibition and installation by New York-based visual artist x-it.

How do we know ourselves? How do others see us? What do we know about someone else? Using redacted documents from the 1970's with hand drawings on Acetate layered over them, the work of the artist x-it tells a compelling story about a paper trail. The artist comments: "Documents and papers act as maps of belonging." This notion is a testament to the past, in the world of documents, and to the present, in the power of our digital footprint that is a not just a map, but a commodity.

x-it was born to a US citizen and a Resident Alien with citizenship from a South American country. Both of x-it's parents were under surveillance in the 1970's for their "subversive activity". After ten years of fighting federal charges for undisclosed reasons x-it's Resident Alien parent was deported. However, soon after this event a letter arrived absolving said Resident Alien of all charges and allowing the Resident Alien back into the country. x-it was born soon afterwards in the United States of America.

Symptoms: Works by Mark Cobrin

On exhibit from March 19 to April 2, 2015

Symptoms The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "Symptoms: Works by Mark Cobrin," an exhibition of prints and small works by visual artist/sound engineer Mark Cobrin.

Symptoms: Works by Mark Cobrin, expresses the relationship between artist and technology by capturing the emotional quality of this connection from the ephemeral to the physical. The passage of time is observed in the depiction of obsolete technologies - this unextraordinary fact reveals an underlying nostalgia.

Mark Cobrin is an American artist, musician recording and sound engineer. He works in the grey areas between photography and printmaking, utilizing the computer to realize his end, which is to show the essence of an object in a somewhat deteriorated way. Many of his images are derived from mechanical or electrical objects.

Hereafter: Andrea Arroyo

On exhibit from September 12 to October 4, 2014

Hereafter The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "Hereafter" an exhibition of paintings by award-winning artist Andrea Arroyo.

The exhibit features a series of intimately sized works from the artist's series "Fragments," inspired by details of frescos discovered in archeological sites, as well as by the art and dance of South East Asia.

Additional paintings include medium-sized works from her acclaimed series "Flor de Vida," inspired by mythological characters from world cultures.

Andrea Arroyo creates women-focused artworks that honors the resilience of the female spirit.

The Creation: according to Abram Alberto

On exhibit from August 19 to August 31

The Creation The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is excited to present the work of Abram Alberto through "The Creation." The exhibition features drawings and woodwork creations by our friend Abram.

His series of drawings depict nature within the urban landscape, as well as in his homeland of Venezuela. Drawn toward the natural environment, Abram works with reclaimed wood, fruit seeds, and found material to shape visions of the natural world through his carvings and pyrographs.

Within the City it is easy to forget that art surrounds us, and Abram Alberto reminds us of this beauty through gathering the remnants and re-imagining the world.

Seeger Fest: The Life of Pete & Toshi in Film and Photos

On exhibit from July 19 to July 30

Seeger Fest The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is honored to partner with Seeger Fest to present "Seeger Fest: The Life of Pete & Toshi in Film and Photos" an exhibition of film and photographs by and of Pete and Toshi Seeger.

The Life of Pete & Toshi in Film and Photos captures the rarely seen sides of Pete and Toshi Seeger from the protests to enlistment to traveling the world. The selection of photos is curated by their grandson and festival organizer, Kitama Seeger-Jackson who hand selected the never before seen photographs that span the work and lifetime of the Seegers. While Pete was knowing for writing songs such as "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and co-writing "If I had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Cone?", few people know that he and his wife made films about music nationally and internationally in the 50s and 60s.

As part of Seeger Fest, Saturday, July 19th, the third day of 5 day Seeger Fest, will be a day for the public to meet some of the communities where Pete and Toshi Seeger spent their time. In addition to the Gallery Opening, there will be a community celebration with music and rowing along the Bronx River hosted by Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, a community sing-a-long and potluck supper at The Beacon Sloop Club in Beacon and a square dance at The Ashokan Center in the Catskills. And El Taller is honored to be one of those organizations.

This project is curated by Kitama Seeger-Jackson.

Dos Generaciones: Mexico & New York

On exhibit from June 28 to July 16

Dos Generaciones The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "Dos Generaciones: Mexico & New York" an exhibition of photographs by parents and children exploring cultural identity.

The exhibit features photographs by Rosali Arteaga (Age 12) Martha Ponce (Age 33) Natalie Cortes (Age 12) Joel Cortes (Age 30) Eve Valle (Age 13) and Luz Aguirre (Age 35). These three teams of parents and children participated in the Intergenerational Photography workshop that ran as part of Mano a Mano's cultural classes. The main purpose of this program was to bring together the first and second generation of migrant families by using photography as a platform for exchanging points of view, sharing feelings and exploring their cultural identities.

During the workshops, participants used disposable film cameras, thoughtfully capturing moments in their lives, relationships and environment, and generating a dialogue about the intricacy of life between two different cultures. Rafael Gamo and Susana Arellano designed and led the workshops in 2013. The exhibit presents a glimpse into the joys and complexities of the life of an immigrant family and celebrates the vitality of the Mexican community in New York City.

This project is curated by Andrea Arroyo and presented in collaboration with Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders.

Gematria in the art of Ric Pliego

On exhibit from May 28 to June 21

Jose Del C El Taller Latino Americano is honored to present Gematria in the art of Ric Pliego, as part of our 35 Years Taller Series. His exhibition, "Gematria", is his latest series of paintings which feature strikingly vibrant works on canvas inspired by "Gematria" the Assyro Babylonian system of numerology later adopted by Jews which assigns numerical value to a word or phrase. In Hebrew, each letter possesses a numerical value. Gematria is the calculation of the numerical equivalence of letters, words, or phrases, and, on that basis, gaining, insight into interrelation of different concepts and exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas.

Ric Pliego was born in Mexico City and graduated from the Art Center College of Design. He was an Architectural Designer in Los Angeles, CA, before moving to New York in 1965, working as an Art Director Designer for major Ad Agencies and running two of his own Ad Design companies, before retiring in 2001. Since then he has served as El Taller's Chief Archivist, organizing and documenting the the 35 year history of El Taller and was instrumental in helping El Taller receive a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Los Archivos del Taller.

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

Musicians Delight:Jose Del C

On exhibit from April 21 to May 10

Jose Del C El Taller Latino Americano is honored to present Jose del C , as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration – 35 Years Taller. His exhibition, "Musicians Delight", is inspired by the live performances during 35 Years Taller and created during his residency at El Taller. These depictions are an homage to the beauty and truth that each of the performers share during their concerts.

Jose Del C is a native of Colombia, Jose is a master muralist, painter, ceramicist, educator and designer. Featured in galleries across the globe, from Tokyo to Panama, from New York to Spain, his work explores music and human struggle through gallery and public art exhibitions. Utilizing a unique engraving process on paper, his work has added depth and color..

Presented by Bernardo Palombo

Through Women's Eyes: Shifi Rathaus, Antonia Guerrero, Nina Talbot

On exhibit from March 12 to April 19

Shifi Rathaus, Antonia Guerrero, Nina Talbot In celebration of Women's History Month, The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Through Women's Eyes, featuring the work of New York-based artists Antonia Guerrero (Mexico), Shifi Rathaus (Israel) and Nina Talbot (US).

Antonia Guerrero's drawings and mixed media works revolve around issues of identity and the relationship between ancient history and contemporary culture. Guerrero has exhibited in Mexico, the US, Puerto Rico, France and Spain. She received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Mexican-US Bicultural Rockefeller Foundation.

Shifi Rathaus' series "Baby Trees in New York City" consists of small-scale portraits of young street trees that explore the relation between the community and its trees. Rathaus received a BA from The Hebrew University, a Diploma of Practical Engineering from Haddasah College in Jerusalem and is pursuing a MFA at Lehman College. Her work has been exhibited at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.

Nina Talbot creates visually complex mixed media works informed by the multiplicity of cultures in her New York community. Talbot studied at the Art Students League, The Philadelphia College of Art, and The New York Studio School. She received grants from the Brooklyn Historical Society and The Brooklyn Arts Council. Exhibitions include The Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum, The US Army Heritage Museum and the US Department of Veterans Affairs Museum. Talbot's publications include "Painting Brooklyn, Stories of Immigration and Survival," a children's book, "Sophie's Stories," and the upcoming "Veterans."

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

New York: City and Nature: Sidney Harris, Antoinette Janecki, Toni Serio

On exhibit from January 29 to March 1

New York City and Nature The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present “New York: City and Nature,” an art exhibition featuring the work of Sidney Harris, Antoinette Janecki and Toni Serio, three artists who, inspired by New York, approach figurative painting in entirely distinct ways.

Sidney Harris creates expressionistic, large-scale paintings inspired by the vibrancy of life in New York City. He is best known as a cartoonist whose work has been published in numerous magazines, books and journals including American Scientist and The New Yorker. Harris obtained his degree from Brooklyn College and then attended the Art Students League of New York.

Antoinette M. Janecki is known for her vivid landscapes and dramatic marine paintings. She works in small scale, capturing the best of the two worlds she resides in, New York City and Greenport, Long Island. Janecki studied with Master pastelist Richard Pionk and is a Juried Associate of The Pastel Society of America. Her work is exhibited locally and nationally and she has received awards from the Westhampton Outdoor Art Show, the Washington Square Art Exhibition and the Art Students League.

Toni Serio paints the vast spaces of upper Manhattan in a celebration of nature within city life that includes parks, bicyclists, picnickers and the George Washington Bridge. Serio received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA from Yale University. Awards include the Alice B. Kimball Traveling Fellowship, a Yale Tuition Scholarship and the MTA–Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project, he has received grants from NoMAA, Change Inc. and the Drawing Center.

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

Take Me To The River

On exhibit from December 6 2013 to January 6, 2014

Common Grouncs The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "Take Me To The River" a photography exhibition by artist Evelyn Palmer.

This collection offers such remarkable and varied perspectives that viewers will be surprised to learn it is a deep exploration of a single subject-a small stream in the Catskill Mountains. The abstract images evoke figures or landscapes not expected from this environment, and, though most of them depict areas of only a few square inches, they appear to have come from a much broader field of view. Because of the way they capture texture, color, light and movement, many of the photographs resemble paintings.

The artist's intention is to encourage others to look beyond surface appearances and experiences to discover life's meaning and beauty. The exhibit is presented in support of breast cancer patient care and research.

Presented by Bernardo Palombo

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