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Jan, 2021

CARLOS ROSALES-SILVA: SUNLAND PARK

JANUARY 27 - MARCH 27, 2021
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm

Ruiz-Healy Art
74 East 79th Street, New York, New York

Using landscape and architecture as a foundation, the works of Sunland Park reflect a process of change that expresses artistic and cultural histories beyond the confines of language. As the artist states, “There's a consistent influence of the landscape and architecture and artists that I grew up with along the border of Texas, Mexico, and El Paso. I'm constantly looking back at the landscape, looking back at the architecture.” Starting with a concrete source of inspiration such as Mexican stucco construction or hand-painted, plexiglass signs, the work becomes abstracted as the artist moves further away from the source. It is then recalled by color, texture, and line to form an object endowed with layers of significance. The artist shares, “I find abstraction to be a useful tool for navigating the tense states that Brownness often finds itself in, states where we attempt to preserve cultural tradition while assimilating for survival purposes, states where home is experienced in fleeting moments and memory.” The artist’s works consider the histories of vernacular cultures of the American Southwest, the western canon of art history, and the political and cultural connections and disparities between them.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carlos Rosales-Silva is an artist and educator working and living between New York, NY, and El Paso, Texas. His works are grounded in a practice of painting but often borrow from sculptural and installation methods, existing in the spaces between classification. For the last decade, his studio has focused on research and mediation on the increasing histories of Brown people in the United States. The artist’s works are abstract acts of personal discovery that reveal meaning long after they are completed. In this sense, they are non-textual communications, a meditative and slow way of processing knowledge. In 2018 Rosales-Silva was an artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio and he is now the Abrons Art Center, New York, NY Visual Artist AIRspace Resident. His artwork has been part of various exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States, including Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Sadie Halie Projects, Minneapolis, MN; MFA Brown Art, Governors Island, NY; and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.

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