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“Reflections: Contemporary Cuban Art / Reflexiones: Arte cubano contemporáneo,” an exhibition of 27-30 Cuban artists focuses and reflects on the contribution of Cubans to international contemporary art. These artists have been grouped together around the idea of self-reflection while creating a national identity through their visual aesthetics. They all share a personal and artistic dichotomy, which for those who live and work outside of Cuba encompasses the immigrant experience and their process of assimilation into the American culture while for those who reside and create in the homeland their aspects of self-identity is challenged by socioeconomic and political issues. Together these artists put forward a cohesive visual language, which results in an ever-growing perspective on this duality.
According to Ridgefield resident, Benjamin Oritz, “An exhibition like this which is challenging from a curatorial perspective affords me the opportunity as a curator to bring together emerging, mid-career and established visual artists under one roof in the State of Connecticut. As a cultural worker, I feel it is my responsibility to act as a conduit for bringing these artists together. This exhibition not only has the potential to examine cultural barriers and especially those political, and aims at diminishing the isolation imposed by geographical barriers which are often felt by Cuban artists living in both Cuba and in the USA.”
Silvermine Guild Artist Keiko Ashido of City Island, NY, has a one person show of contemporary ceramics that combine various techniques to express what she feels through her main source of inspiration…nature. “Stillness in Movement” according to Keiko, “10 different people would have 10 different interpretations of this statement. When one visualizes one’s own concept as an artistic creation, this becomes his or her own identity. When I encounter something, I internalize what I felt from it and visualize it. This is my happiest moment.”
Ashida is currently a faculty member at the Silvermine School of Art and Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. Her most recent exhibitions worldwide include Gallery Colon, Tokyo, Japan; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japanese Gallery Reading Room, NY; Hammond Museum Invitational, North Salem, NY; Japan USA Invitational in Santa Fe, New Mexico: Craft USA 2005 Triennial at Silvermine Guild Arts Center and exhibits at the Clay Art Center in NY. Keiko’s work has also been featured in magazines including the cover of Ceramics Technical and in Ceramic Monthly.
Exhibits will run through November 7th. For more information call 203-966-9700 ext.20 or visit Silvermine's website at www.silvermineart.org.
About Silvermine Guild Arts Center
Silvermine Guild Arts Center is located in New Canaan and is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Its nationally renowned artist guild, award winning gallery and school of art offer more than twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually and a wide range of art courses and workshops on its five-acre campus. The center provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools and hosts a summer music series. Silvermine Guild Arts Center is a nonprofit organization
Silvermine Guild Arts Center Mission
Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Guild Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.
Silvermine Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1pm to 5 p.m. For more information, call (203) 966-9700 or visit the website: www.silvermineart.org.
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