Casa Europa Exhibit Encourages Viewers to Engage with the Sociopolitical
By ML Levitan
In Casa Europa México’s upcoming art exhibit, Sube y Baja / Up and Down, two local artists explore the concept of the seesaw nature of political, social, economic, and cultural issues occurring on both sides of the border today.
This exciting work by artists Debra Thomson and Juan Carlos Cazares tackles the current chaos in our world by challenging the viewer to examine their own preconceived ideas and beliefs on a variety of prevailing issues, including personal health and nutrition, self-empowerment, shared borders, and immigration.
Thompson is an accomplished conceptual assemblage artist who uses found and manufactured objects superimposed on the template of the American flag. These objects are recognizable symbols whose meanings change when combined in a single form. The end result is bold, instructive, and often disconcerting.
Thompson’s conceptual art invites the viewer to actively participate in dialogue with each piece by interpreting the juxtaposition of meticulous details with her overall message. Her work is meant to be thought-provoking and uncomfortable, but her voice is not combative. Rather, she encourages us to reconsider our assumptions and perhaps walk away with a new understanding of our shared reality and a heightened empathy for one another.
Cazares’s paintings use social imagery to engage the viewer in both a political and aesthetic way. A reoccurring theme in his work is the relationship between character-symbol and element-metaphor, which reveals significant social meaning. His aesthetic combines pictorial representation with frequent animal images to strike a contemporary tone.
If you have a political or social bent, or you just like distinctive art, you will not want to miss this remarkable exhibit, open Oct 10–Nov 10. All exhibit information is bilingual.
Sube y Baja / Up and Down
Works by Debra Thompson
and Juan Carlos Cazares
Thu, Oct 10, 6pm
Casa Europa de México
San Francisco 23, Centro