A Bi-national Renaissance

                                                                                                                                                                          Bahakali232 At the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM, the de la Torre Brothers are exhibiting  Meso-Americhanics (Maneuvering Mestizaje) de la Torre Brothers and Border Baroque through August 16, 2009. (Follow the live links to read about their exhibit.)

The brothers are glass blowers and installation artists, born in Mexico and living and working in both the United States and Mexico.

Pictured here is an example of their sculpture using glass and other materials:

Baja Kali
by Einar and Jamex de la Torre

Blown glass, mix media,
87" x 45" x 17".
Collection of the artists.
Photo courtesy of the artists.

While at Centrum working with high school students during the Summer High School Arts Camp, (June 21-27, 2009) the de la Torres will be using mixed media. They plan to drive to Centrum, stopping along the way at thrift stores and other places where "good stuff" is abundant, and arrive with a collection of materials for artmaking. Students are encouraged to bring their own treasures and finds to combine with what they find at Centrum. They'll be asked to examine "identity" and how ideas about who they are, what culture they live in, and what that says about them as individuals. How does identity inform the creative process? Is it revealed through the objects chosen to create sculpture?

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