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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...

Cuba in Transition postcard.jpg

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.

 Original reference image the workshop participants chose.

Original reference image the workshop participants chose.

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.

 Finished re-interpretation. Notice how each of the 5 vertical columns were created in various mediums using different techniques by the 5 different participants. 

Finished re-interpretation. Notice how each of the 5 vertical columns were created in various mediums using different techniques by the 5 different participants. 

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.

 Original owl reference image

Original owl reference image

 Gateway to College art class remix

Gateway to College art class remix

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.

 Lion reference photo.

Lion reference photo.

 Lion by Gabriel Irizarry, 25x25", Pencil and Charcoal, 2018

Lion by Gabriel Irizarry, 25x25", Pencil and Charcoal, 2018