The Coral Springs Museum of Art presents the works of Puerto Rican Artist Luis Garcia-Nerey (b. 1973, Santurce, Puerto Rico) in his new installation “Shifting Lines.”
Luis Garcia-Nerey, through a series of abstract paintings and site-specific installations throughout the Museum, invites viewers to confront and explore one of the most basic theories of human existence: the idea of the Self and the Other. His work consists of constructed environments that often starkly juxtapose each other, showing the chasms that exist from one person’s lived reality to the next. Viewers are able to navigate these physical spaces and draw relevant conclusions themselves. In Shifting Lines, Garcia-Nerey literally leaves the door open to interpretation on subjects such as identity, inequality, and community.
Whether it be a painting, a wood-based sculpture, or a large-scale installation created with found objects, much of Luis' work is based on the philosophy of Constructionism. Through his work, he explores how the individual, society, and even the work itself are influenced and created by each other.
His 3-dimensional work consists of constructed environments that often starkly juxtapose each other or tell a narrative, showing the chasms and shifts in perspective that may exist from one person’s lived reality to the next. His paintings serve to amplify the experience by evoking memories, moods, and emotions. Viewers are able to navigate these physical spaces and draw relevant conclusions themselves, leaving the door open to interpretation on subjects such as identity, inequality, and community.
Garcia-Nerey’s pieces intend to further explore the narrative of cyclical patterns that recur throughout time and place, while also questioning biases created by the real and artificial borders that are inevitably present in everyday life. His constructed environments meditate on the connections and separations formed between home, community, and development, referencing social issues such as economics, gentrification, immigration, displacement, and race, among others.
Garcia-Nerey’s exhibit will be on display on Tuesday, January 11 – February 26, 2022. Then, the museum is holding a reception where visitors can ask the artist questions on Thursday, January 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Coral Springs Museum of Art is located inside the Center for the Arts at 2855A Coral Springs Drive.