Dates: March 18 to May 7, 2011
Reception: Friday, April 8 5 to 8 p.m.
Taller Puertorriqueño, 2010-2011 Season
The season reconnects Taller to its social involvement of early years while creating reflections of city life that examine subcultures, biographies and the resilience and challenges of our neighborhoods. A selected group of invited artists interpret inner city life’s struggles, changes, politics, courage, misfortunes, and inner strengths, hopes and aspirations, a relevant topic as Taller’s own neighborhood is experiencing the arrival of new ethnic groups as well as gentrification and displacement. The season creates a voice for that Latino experience. These artists engage us to look at our own lives and the meaning behind the figure. These artists are urbanists interested in cities, their residents and their response to life.
Without Sanctuary: Images of the Forgotten
In this exhibition by Marilyn Rodriguez and Carlos Nuñez, the tragedies of the barrio and its constant struggles with poverty, drug abuse and lack of benefits come crying out with imagery and carefully crafted styles. These artists ask us to look at our own lives and the ways we relate to the powerless and those who are often ignored.
Marilyn Rodriguez is a Latina mixed media artist, often viewed as a surrealist. She takes her inspiration from her environment and community. Many of her paintings and drawings are on unconventional materials like paper bags and other found objects. These materials are often chosen to reflect and further explain the context of the subjects in her paintings. Rodriguez’s works reference the lost souls that walk among us and their mental health issues, drug addictions, and social handicaps. These individuals roam the streets with uncertain futures and become the forgotten people unable to assimilate to their environment and society. Her current collection of work is titled “The Unforeseen Generation Next”. Recently, she has begun exploring religion within the context of the mentally ill community. She feels this is creating a more solid visual connection when in combination with her usual subject matter and has taken her work to a new level. In Rodriguez’s opinion, this truly leaves the viewer wondering. She makes a strong effort to give her work a voice. She strives to keep her work alive, honest, true, and vibrant.
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