Puerto Rican Artist Poli Marichal in the group show Division: Reflections and Shadows at the Durón Gallery / SPARC, California

Poli Marichal Art Work

Art is a parameter and instigator of change, a cultural tool that helps us explore and unveil the processes of human thought: our desires, our fears, our struggles and our aspirations. Printmaking, in particular, has always played a radical and empowering role in disseminating political, social and aesthetic ideas and in promoting collective emancipation. Contemporary approaches to the printed image have incorporated new developments in the visual arts and digital media, giving it new resonance and scope.

The exhibition, Division: Reflections and Shadows, that opens on June 25, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM, at the Durón Gallery at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is the result of a collaborative effort between SPARC curator Marietta Bernstorff, artists from Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective: Kay Brown, Nguyen Ly, Yvette Mangual, Poli Marichal, Don Newton and Marianne Sadowski, and invited artists Daniel Gonzalez from Los Angeles, Pavel Acevedo from Oaxaca, and Sergio Sánchez Santa María and Joel Rendón, from Mexico City.

Each artist in this show has created work that strives to push the boundaries of printmaking canons, as well as expose, explore and document the divisions and borders, either imaginary, political or real, that impede equality, solidarity and true freedom. To quote Iranian artist Shirin Neshat: “Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.”

Exhibition: “Division: Reflections and Shadows” runs through August 20, 2016 in the Durón Gallery at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) 685 Venice Blvd, Venice, California 90291

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