Cate Cormack and Angel Pahuamba in Galería Casa Diana

By Carmen Gutiérrez

Inspired by the old and colorful murals of San Miguel de Allende, Cate Cormack elaborates a dramatic abstraction of what these walls convey. If they could talk, what stories would they tell? Of their stone origin, continual repair or empty neglect? Of the people that live behind them or those they separate? Cate offers rare evidence of their unspoken history in her watercolors, pastels and encaustic. Her unconventional watercolor technique employs yupo, a water-resistant surface similar to the one seen in encaustic. Cate studied in the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago where her talent was recognized by receiving renowned scholarships on several occasions. She has exhibited in Australia, Korea, US and Mexico. From 1975 to 1985 she participated in conceptual art exhibits and performances that were presented across the country in important museums and galleries such as the Contemporary Art Museum of Chicago and the Art Institute of Minneapolis.

Work by Cate Cormack and Angel Pahuamba
Sat, Aug 17, 5pm & Sun, Aug 18, 12pm
Galería Casa Diana
Recreo 48

Angel Pahuamba is a young artist from the town of Cheran in the state of Michoacán. It is from this town that he gathers inspiration for his artwork. A town rich in cultural traditions that, though deeply rooted, remain fresh and full of vigor. Angel’s interpretation of these folkloric parties, rituals and customs take the shape of both abstract and figurative paintings. With great distress, he conveys this passionate world in a playful manner. Angel Pahuamba has participated in various national art contests and his work has been awarded several times. For example, in 2010 he received the Premio de Adquisición en el Encuentro Estatal de Pintura y Estampa Efrain Vargas, and in 2012 he received the Premio de Adquisición in the Salon Estatal de la Acuarela. His thesis titled “Among colors, lines, and little creatures” received honorific mention and has become a drawing teaching manual for children in Michoacan.

Pedro Friedeberg, Carmen Gutierrez and the other permanent artists will also participate in the exhibition.

The opening cocktail reception will take place Saturday, August 17, at 5pm and Sunday, August 18, at noon in Galería Casa Diana, Recreo 48. 152-0885.

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