'Aesthasy' combines two English words, aesthetic and ecstasy to create a hybrid title, which is derived from the Cuban tradition of using made-up words taken from real words in the language. The concept touches upon the beauty of creation as a strategy of nature. The imagery in the show couples flowers as sexual beings and icons, such as Oscar Wilde, as landscapes.
PSCA will present "Aesthasy", an exhibit of new work by Cuban-born artist Arturo Cuenca. The exhibit will be on view November 1 through November 26, 2005, and a reception for the artist will be held Thursday, November 3 from 6 to 9 PM. The exhibit features all new work by the artist on themes that explore flora, fauna, and human perception.
In this series of acrylic paintings on canvas and digital montages on cloth, the artist exposes elements of his personal theory of art making which he calls "Photosophy". Photosophy refers to the combining of pictorial images and philosophy.
Cuenca explores the aesthetic as ecstasy in this show, thus the title "Aesthasy". "Aesthasy" combines two English words, aesthetic and ecstasy to create a hybrid title, which is derived from the Cuban tradition of using made-up words taken from real words in the language. The concept touches upon the beauty of creation as a strategy of nature. The imagery in the show couples flowers as sexual beings and icons, such as Oscar Wilde, as landscapes.
Throughout his oeuvre Cuenca complicates the standard field of vision. Employing juxtapositions, superimpositions, distortions, and other techniques, he asks the viewer to note that appearance and perception are both complex and deceiving. Yet beyond these formal and theoretical concerns, Cuenca, unlike many Conceptual artists working in the 1960s, manages to emphasize beauty as an essential element in his work.
Since his early days in the 1970s, Cuenca has been intrigued with blurring boundaries between various artistic mediums. He initially began as a painter working in a photorealist style and then by 1978 turned his attention more to photography, experimenting with the medium to create hybrid art forms with painting, sculpture, film, and installation art. In this exhibition the works include paintings on canvas and photomontage on canvas.
The artist lives and works in New York.
In conjunction with the exhibition of Arturo Cuenca's works, PSCA will showcase a selection of paintings by Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez in the viewing room, courtesy The Emilio Sanchez Foundation.
Image: Arturo Cuenca, Aesthetic: Sex As Fire, 2005, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 48 Inches
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