The Bleeding Border
By Margaret Failoni
As is often the case, interesting encounters come about by mere chance. Co-curating the “Border Crossings” 2014 exhibition with the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, exhibited in the Chicago Expo Art Fair, I met and worked with a mid-career artist/curator/art entrepreneur, Sergio Gómez. I presented works by six young emerging artists from Mexico, and as the co-curator, Gómez presented works by six Mexican-American artists from the Chicago area. I was to later discover Gómez’s art far more interesting than the six he selected for the show. As a mixed media artist, Gómez reflects the spiritual complexities of an immigrant’s world, often juxtaposing the Latino culture with that of the Anglo world north of the border. Crossing the Río Grande is more than just a geographic barrier. The ever-present news of the unwanted influx, especially that of unaccompanied children, is with us on a daily basis. The loneliness and disconnection of these circumstances is beautifully illustrated in this most recent series of works. “Searching in the Field of Light” is a perfect example of this. But perhaps one of the most dramatic and touching works in the exhibition is “The Bleeding Border.” The artist mixes color with the density of his brush strokes to augment the drama depicted in the paintings. They invite us to reflect and lead us to thoughts beyond the sheer beauty of the images.
Sergio Gómez Opening
Sat, Sep 5, 5pm
Fábrica la Aurora
Sergio Gómez is not only a gifted painter, but a curator and organizer in the Chicago art community, a professor in a local college, and an ardent promoter of the arts in and beyond the Mexican-American community in the Chicago area.
The Intersección Gallery is proud to present the works of this brilliant young artist to the San Miguel and Mexican public in general.