September 17-October 23, 2004
International Print Center New York announces the presentation of ¡Impresionante!: Innovative Prints by Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists from Friday, September 17th through Saturday, October 23rd, 2004, in its Chelsea gallery at 526 West 26th Street. Presenting the work of eighteen artists working today in New York or San Juan, or alternating between the two locations, ¡Impresionante! anticipates the Poli/graphic Triennial of San Juan: Latin America and the Caribbean to be held in San Juan later this fall.
Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month in New York State which begins on September 15th, ¡Impresionante! celebrates the rich tradition of printmaking and the graphic arts in Puerto Rico.
exhibition has been guest curated for IPCNY by Deborah Cullen, Curator,
El Museo del Barrio, New York City, and Harper Montgomery, North
American Curator of the San Juan Triennial and former Assistant
Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In the words of the curators, "the artworks encompass a variety of approaches: political protest, poetic narratives, and formal proposals . The work speaks to both the ephemeral nature of the printed image, as well as to its stubborn historical presence. Despite the range, all of these artists share a conceptual approach to printmaking, taking advantage of printed media's inherently self-reflective character."
The work ranges from Juan Sánchez's masterfully layered images of personal narratives, to Fernando Colón González's minimalist postcards, to Liz D. Amable's reinterpreted images of Afro-Caribbean deities, to Miguel Luciano's kites-- conceived to send messages of peace sailing over the fence of the U.S. military base in Vieques.
An illustrated brochure accompanies the exhibition.