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April: Sharon Heyward aa
July: Patricia A. Bender

October: Cathleen Parra
February: Chiara Chandoha
May: Tania Sen
August: Susan Evans Grove
November: Bill Ross
March: Norma Greenwood
June: Raul Villarreal
September: Richard Buntzen
December: Linda Jacobs

JUNE: Raul Villarreal

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

“we find ourselves in the moment of transit where space and time cross to produce complex figures of difference and identity, past and present, inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion,”

Homi K. Bhabha from The Location of Culture.

The recent series of works are inspired by personal memories and experiences, the assimilation of other cultures, appropriated images from mass media, and old family photographs. Utilizing personal iconography, through assemblages and a process of layering of these different elements, I try to convey a sense of multiple realities, time references, and existence. The works address issues of identity, hybridization, migration and transculturalism.  The layering and fusion of images is similar to the layers of lost memories, remembrances which slowly drip into our consciousness, triggered by an image, event, sound, or dreams. The idea that everything we lose in life holds a certain power over us, and everything which is near, moves away, gives an impression that nothing is obtainable, or tangible.

raul

1T 2T 3T

The Bread of Everyday Life
oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Dragon in the Sky
oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Ambos Mundos
oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

4T 5T 6T

"Superman Where Are You Now II?
graphite and oil on panel, 24" x 24"

Superman Where Are You Now?
oil on canvas (tryptych), 48” x 108”

Papa Hemingway
oil on linen, 48” x 36”

7T 8T 9T

Memories of a Voyage Never Taken
oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Yemaya y Ochun: Las hermanas (The Sisters)
oil on linen, 48” x 36”

The Crisis of Abundnace
oil on linen, 48” x 60”

10T 11T 12T

SUPER!
oil on linen, 48” x 72”

Landscape in Exile
oil on linen, 48” x 36”

M&M: Manigua  y Machete
oil on prepared wd. panel & machete, 24” x 12”


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copyright 2014; All images are the sole property of Raul Villarreal, and may not be used without prior written consent from the artist.