A tree stump shot through with a lightning bolt; a shelf of glasses bearing presidential images; a video of a naked body stumbling through an old building: welcome to Intersecciones, a mixed-media exhibit at Lewis and Clark’s Hoffman Gallery featuring work from six young Cuban artists. Rafael Villares, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Reynier “El Chino” Novo, Elizabet Cerviño, Adriana Arronte, and Yornel Martinez all trained at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana and each brings a fresh, distinct perspective to this Southwest Portland campus.
In many ways, the exhibit functions as a conversation between Havana and Portland—both small cities that boast fertile artistic communities with reach that extends beyond their geographical parameters. Through highly conceptual pieces, Intersecciones tackles topics ranging from consumerism to conversations within art, from an exploration of language barriers to the transcendent unity of a cracked tile.
Four of the six artists came to Portland to install their pieces and give talks at Lewis & Clark and Reed College. All were on hand for the show’s opening last Thursday, January 28. We spoke with each artist about their individual interpretations of the exhibit's broad concept of intersection, making for a striking confluence of voices and visions. Flip through the above slideshow to see images and read what the artists have to say about their work.
Intersecciones runs through March 13 at Lewis & Clark's Hoffman Gallery.