Cuba In Transition runs May 31 to July 29 at Colorado's Loveland Museum
My first museum exhibition opened at Loveland Museum in Colorado on May 31 and runs through July 29, 2018. There are 7 photomosaics from my Cuban series in it. It's my 3rd exhibition of this body of work. Here's a sneak peak...
To get the mosaics out there, I stacked the 7 original pieces on top of each other on the floor of my studio, carefully rolled them up, and shipped them to the museum. Thanks to Eric Franklin, it was the quickest and easiest hang I've had to date. Special thanks to Maureen Corey, the Museum's gifted curator and director, for offering me the show and for all her help organizing it, and to Suzanne Janssen for recommending my work to the museum. For museum directions, click here.
The flyer for the show...
I flew out for the opening reception, which was held on May 31. As part of my public art commission from the City of Loveland, I hosted a creative workshop with 5 participants. They created their own multi-media mosaic using collaged magazine cutouts, crayon, and pencil. They chose to use a black and white photograph of an old truck as their reference image.
I then chopped the truck image up into 25 equally sized square pieces using the website imagesplitter.net. Then I emailed each participant 5 squares each. They used their smartphones to look at their pieces and then re-interpreted each square on a 6x6-inch piece of paper in the medium of their choice.
I love what they came up with because it shows their individuality, creativity, and how their different styles blend together to make something interesting, different, and new. I've done this exercise before. It's a riff off my Che photomosaic from my Cuban series. I felt it might be a fun collaborative project for my high school students in a studio art class I taught at Gateway to College last year. The kids liked the idea too and chose an image of an owl as their reference. I was so impressed by what they created.
Gabriel Irizarry, a gifted high school senior at Gateway, ran with the same idea last month in class. His pencil and charcoal lion really blew me away. He did it in less than 2 class periods, each about 3 hours in length.