81 LEONARD GALLERY TriBeCa HOSTS CANDE AGUILAR barrioPOP

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Opening Reception, September 5, 2019, 6 pm to 9 pm Featuring: barrioPOP, multi-media art works by Cande Aguilar Open Weekly: Sept 5 to Sept 28, 2019, M-F, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appt. Location: 81 LEONARD GALLERY, 81 Leonard St, New York, NY 10... more

Opening Reception, September 5, 2019, 6 pm to 9 pm Featuring: barrioPOP, multi-media art works by Cande Aguilar Open Weekly: Sept 5 to Sept 28, 2019, M-F, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appt. Location: 81 LEONARD GALLERY, 81 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013, USA TriBeCa. NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- August 28, 2019 – 81 Leonard Gallery, in collaboration with Ric Michel Fine Art, announces the opening of barrioPOP by Cande Aguilar, a collection of multi media art works focusing on the experience of living in a bilingual border culture. The Exhibit will run from September 5 through 28, 2019 at 81 Leonard Street in TriBeCa. The Artist will be present at the Opening Reception on September 5, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm. A native of Brownsville, Texas, Cande Aguilar is a self-taught artist whose distinctive barrioPOP style merges the indigenous humor, challenges, sights and sounds of barrio life with the panoply of popular culture. Beyond the jaunty imagery, there is a gravity and poignancy to these paintings...border politics and the Immigrant's struggle inform much of the Work. With four solo museum exhibitions in 2019... including San Antonio’s prestigious McNay Art Museum...Cande Aguilar is ... more

Opening Reception, September 5, 2019, 6 pm to 9 pm
Featuring: barrioPOP, multi-media art works by Cande Aguilar
Open Weekly: Sept 5 to Sept 28, 2019, M-F, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appt.
Location: 81 LEONARD GALLERY, 81 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013, USA

TriBeCa. NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- August 28, 2019 – 81 Leonard Gallery, in collaboration with Ric Michel Fine Art, announces the opening of barrioPOP by Cande Aguilar, a collection of multi media art works focusing on the experience of living in a bilingual border culture. The Exhibit will run from September 5 through 28, 2019 at 81 Leonard Street in TriBeCa. The Artist will be present at the Opening Reception on September 5, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

A native of Brownsville, Texas, Cande Aguilar is a self-taught artist whose distinctive barrioPOP style merges the indigenous humor, challenges, sights and sounds of barrio life with the panoply of popular culture. Beyond the jaunty imagery, there is a gravity and poignancy to these paintings...border politics and the Immigrant's struggle inform much of the Work. With four solo museum exhibitions in 2019... including San Antonio’s prestigious McNay Art Museum...Cande Aguilar is gaining great acclaim as an authentic and distinctive voice of the Mexican American experience. 81 Leonard Gallery is proud to host the Artist's first solo exhibition in New York.

About barrioPOP

barrioPOP – a term coined by Aguilar -- is an amalgam of street art and pop culture filtered through a distinctly south Texas, Mexican - American lens. Hand painted signs, graffiti’d walls, low rider cars, Conjunto music, cartoon icons, museum masters and border politics all find their way into the mix... and emerge reconfigured in something new, fresh and provocative.

“Growing up at the border means you are never completely American or Mexican...it is an internally polarizing reality,” says Aguilar. Seizing upon this dichotomy, the Artist creates a new world of rich juxtapositions and shifting identities. The central figure in Chanito (above) is part Clark Kent, part clown, part troubador... a composite of contradictions. In Land of Peace (below), the icon meets the ordinary as Christopher Robin stands cheek to cheek with a child's stick figure. In Suite of the Low Rides, (above) Charlie Brown, in barrio hat, eyes a low rider honey while an ensemble of Mexican and American cartoon figures look on. What do these paintings mean? Aguilar has his ideas but invites each viewer to inhabit and interpret the Work.

What is clear is that the Artist is increasingly influenced...and disturbed...by the developments at our Southern border. Even a seemingly benign piece like Madre y Mickey is not without subtext. The Madre/Madonna...aproned with an image transfer of a child's coloring book...reaches toward Mickey (the archetype of childhood innocence) and yet a gap remains. A gentle but clear reminder of the family separations that continue to this day.
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