September 25 - November 20, 2020
“Between Two Worlds takes its title from a book of selected poems written by Américo Paredes in the 1930s and 1940s. Paredes (1915-1999), a foundational figure in Mexican American studies and Chicano literature, wrote poetry about his upbringing between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico that emphasized the distinctive way language has informed the cultural overlaps in this marginalized region. The language of the border includes code-switching between Spanish and English, as well as the use of invented words formed by combining the two. This blending of languages, and the artwork that stems from it, is the product of a bicultural experience that is at once fractured and unified, neither here nor there.
This exhibition points to the space between two worlds, highlighting the bilingual aesthetics employed by twelve artists whose identities and artistic practices have been shaped by life in the border region spanning South Texas and Northern Mexico. Through works in painting and drawing (Alejandro Macias, Cande Aguilar, Jesus Treviño, Josie Del Castillo, Marcelina Gonzalez, Noel Palmenez), sculpture and installation (Jessie Burciaga, Mauricio Saenz, Samantha Isabel Garcia), ceramics (Ceci Guzman, Julian Rodriguez), and printmaking (Ruby Garza), these artists engage themes of cultural conflict, identity, folklore, and regional life along the border.
Between Two Worlds is organized by Jesus Treviño, MFA candidate in Studio Art, with Center Space Project.”
Artist talk: October 1, 2020 | 12–1 pm
With curator Jesus Treviño and Alejandro Macias, @visualartscenter on Instagram
Artist talk: October 15, 2020 | 12–1 pm
With curator Jesus Treviño and Marcelina Gonzales, @visualartscenter on Instagram
Artist talk: October 29, 2020 | 12–1 pm
With curator Jesus Treviño and Samantha Isabel Garcia, @visualartscenter on Instagram
Artist talk: September 28, 2020 | 12–1 pm
With curator Jesus Treviño and Cande Aguilar, @visualartscenter on Instagram
23rd and Trinity Streets
Austin, 78712 TX