Nicaraguan artist's stark prints adorn walls of George Fox gallery
The walls of Minthorne Gallery have become the canvas for an artist with a unique vision of the world, a vision that has propelled him from his native Nicaragua to museums and galleries around the globe.
The works of celebrated print maker Carlos Barberena was erected Sept. 16 and will continue to be displayed at the George Fox University gallery through Oct. 25.
The exhibit, titled "Graphic Resistance," features work from Barberena's two print-making projects, Baldolero Press and La Calaca Press.
In what is characterized as "satirical relief prints," Barberena uses images from pop culture, politics and cultural tragedies to speak to the human condition.
"In my art I have consistently reflected the cycles of repression and resistance and its relationship to the diaspora in which I have lived throughout dictatorship, revolution, erasure, renewal, hope, dictatorship and repression," the Chicago-based artist said in a statement released by GFU. "I create to counteract the great silence around repression occurring globally, believing we are all intimately connected to it. I seek to demystify the 'foreign' experience, to bridge the distances that life across the border or wall produces. But also, the difference in the content of these experiences."
His work can be seen in galleries from Costa Rica to Estonia and France, from Spain and Mexico to his native Nicaragua.
His work has garnered accolades, including the National Printmaking Award 2012, given annually by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, and for a poster he created called "Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica," given by GEBANA AG, a Berlin, Germany-based world market.
In Newberg, he gave an artist talk at the Chehalem Cultural Center on Sept. 16, the day the exhibit opened at the university.
For more information on the exhibit, call GFU Director of Exhibits and Collections Jennifer Salzman at 503-554-2634.
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Easley was named Northwest Up and Coming Writer in 2017 and won the national Kay Snow Award for fiction in 2012. His "Blood for Wine" was one of five books nominated nationally for the Nero Wolfe Award in 2018.
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Lindsey Mantoan will present "Reimagining Early American History: The Casting Practices of Hamilton and OSF's 'Oklahoma'" at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 25) in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall on the campus of the college.
Mantoan will compare the casting practices of the blockbuster musical "Hamilton" to those of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Oklahoma!" and demonstrate how the "productions make visible people who have been erased by the dominant histories of early Americans, including people of color and queer people."
For more information on the lecture, part of a monthly series, call 503-883-2409.
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