Vista: Unfolding the Mapping Process

Vista, an exhibition that displays Contemporary Works by Latin American artists, is currently on display at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

The title of the exhibition, Vista, is Spanish for “view.” It draws upon the inspirations of the Latin American artists whose works are featured. These artists pull from the creative process of mapmaking and touch upon issues of identity, immigration, and memory. At the same time they explore topography, urbanity, space, and utopian views of the future.

Through structures, abstractions, urban landscapes, installations, and new media, Vista reveals different approaches to the process of understanding territory from the social to the personal, from the concrete to the abstract, from the exceptional to the conventional. All the artworks have been brought together to encourage debate, to show the different possibilities of maps, and to further our understanding of them as evolving social, political, and cultural constructions derived from changing cosmologies and canons.

This exhibition includes works in a variety of media including oil and acrylic, photography, video, embroidery, and collage, by artists from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and elsewhere. One of the works on display is Epipelagic One (Acrylic on Canvas, 2012, 20 x 20 in.) as seen above.

This exhibition is the first full-scale Latin American exhibition held at UMUC. It was organized by the UMUC Arts Program alongside two guest curators: Eva Mendoza Chandas and Jodie Dinapoli; and Brian Young, curator in the University’s Arts Program.

Vista will be up until Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the UMUC Arts Program Gallery: University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the work.

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