Sortilegio Gallery, new work by Rubén Isaac Gómez Ramírez and Edward Swift

By Tom West

For the Day of the Dead Art Walk at Fábrica la Aurora, Sortilego Gallery will feature the work of Mexican artist Rubén Isaac Gómez Ramírez. Señor Gómez was born in the state of Jalisco and currently resides in Ensenada, Baja California. He creates wood masks of Mayan deities that are covered with hundreds of pieces of abalone shells carefully cut and shaped. Some of the masks are large, measuring one meter by 60 centimeters. Smaller works, including animals treated in the same mosaic technique, will also be on display. The artist has exhibited in various museums and galleries throughout Mexico, but this exhibition marks the first time his work has been seen in San Miguel. The artist will be present at the art walk.

Isaac Gomez and Edward Swift
Fri, Nov 1, 5-8pm
Sortilegio Gallery
Section B
Fábrica la Aurora

Sortilegio is also featuring six new totemic sculptures by Edward Swift. Six feet tall and free-standing, the totems represent guardians with faces on two sides. The figures are incised with arcane designs that suggest a language or a ritual. Each is painted with a scrub technique using washes of three colors. The primary material is a paste of papier-mâché over wood.

The Sortilegio Gallery is located in Section B of Fábrica la Aurora, near the gallery of Kelley Vandiver.


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