Líneas Borrosas: Friday, August 15, 2014 – Sunday, January 18, 2015
Please go see Líneas Borrosas: Selected Works by Gabriel Villa now open to the public until Sunday, January 18, 2015. Open Daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM closed on Mondays.
LOCATION: National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19Th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Museum entrance is always free.
The work of Gabriel Villa is an exploration of individual and communal experience in the Pilsen neighborhood and beyond. The use of iconographic imagery allows for a deepened introspection of the self and the world around us in terms of issues prevalent in our society. The layering effect of such imagery in Villa’s work parallels the interconnectedness of contemporary social structures and demonstrates the imbalance and blurred lines between the individual, community, justice and injustice.
Recurring motifs throughout the artwork on display, such as the cross and other recognizable symbols, build a bridge between some of the most powerful institutions in our country and their influence on our shared experiences. Furthermore, Villa’s pieces offer a more personal and local experience of the economic disparities of neighborhoods, as well as raise questions about safety.
As such, Villa’s work is being displayed in the Kraft Gallery, a space dedicated to the work of local, emerging professional artists. His work invites us to reflect and be a part of the discourse on social inequities that exist in our complex society.
This exhibition considers some of the ills/perils engendered by the complex social, political, and religious structures that we encounter on a regular basis in our society and not only impact the self, but our local communities and the nation at large.