Professor Garcia-Roig to show new works from her “Hecho con Cuba” series at The Painting Center’s Project Room.
Exhibition Dates: April 26 – May 21, 2022
Reception: Thursday, April 28, 5pm – 8pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, April 30th, 3pm – 5pm
Lilian Garcia Roig’s nature-themed works in “Homage to Viñales”, negotiate the complex propositions of sense of place and belonging which so influence the construction of her personal identity. As a Cuban-born American who immigrated to Texas as a child, the Cuban landscape was both alien and deeply personal to Garcia-Roig. She spent two weeks living and working in the Valle de Viñales in Pinar del Rio, a location where many of the iconic Cuban landscape paintings were created by great Cuban painters and made perceptually-based work of the Cuban landscape. Garcia-Roig found a way to use Cuba as a painting material. She used the Viñales Valley soil and hand-ground it into pigment. Homage to Viñales is work ‘of the site’, hecho con Cuba. With her Cuban-American perspective, Garcia-Roig produce new works that offer a pictorial reconciliation between her Cuban and American identities. Some of the work in the series are mash-ups between references to Joseph Albers Homage the Square and Ana Mendieta’s earth works. The specific paint combinations reflect the color of the rural houses in the Viñales Valley. By literally superimposing Cuba on Western Bauhaus Modernism, Garcia-Roig embraces the modernist grid while busting out of it and rejecting it with the vernacular Cuban landscape. Garcia-Roig found a new culturally and pictorially hyphenated space to paint. The Painting Center will be concurrently featuring a solo show by Tampa artist Perri Neri titled “Shifting Ground”. The two Florida based artists Perri Neri and Lilian Garcia-Roig will be conversation with JoAnne McFarland, talking about their relationships with identity, place, and belonging at The Painting Center on Saturday, April 30th, from 3-5pm.
The Painting Center is located in Chelsea547 W 27th Street, 5th floor, New York