Substrative in Nature and Composicion en Azul go (Art)Underground

The Crystal City BID has started a new program, Art Underground, and has used Substrative in Nature and Composicion en Azul as wayfinding signage.

Both paintings have been enlarged and now cover two sections of the Art Underground area: five blocks of Crystal City’s interior retail space, that is being transformed into an arts and cultural destination with a Synetic Theater, FotoDC exhibits, art galleries, artist studios and pop up ArtJamz; with more programs to come.

The open house of Art Underground is on Saturday, March 16th from 6pm – 10pm at 2100 Crystal Drive for everyone that is interested.

20-Foot Detail of Epipelagic One installed in Crystal City

A detail of my painting Epipelagic One has been enlarged and installed by the main entrance of the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport.

Epipelagic One is the first painting in a series that is interested in mapping imagined trajectories through spaces one’s physical body is unable to traverse. The epipelagic zone is the uppermost area of an ocean. The sunlit zone.

Many thanks to the Crystal City BID for completing this amazing project.
I haven’t had a chance to see the final installation in person but the initial images look great. The final aluminum panel is 60 x 240 inches.

Living and Working at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

I am currently living and working as an Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

During my time here, I have been teaching a studio art topics course, Decoding the World of Movie Poster Design. Throughout the class, the students and I have been exploring the principles and fundamental elements of post-WWII movie poster design.

In addition to my class, I have been living and working at the artist house. It is in a beautiful and secluded part of St. Mary’s College of Maryland along Mattapany Road.

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.