MY COUNTRY / MY HOME
Recent large and small works on paper

If you let your eye stray over a palette of colors, you experience two things.  In the first place you receive a purely physical effect, namely the eye itself is enchanted by the beauty and other qualities of color.  You experience satisfaction and delight, like a gourmet savoring a delicacy.  Or the eye is stimulated as the tongue is titillated by a spicy dish.  But then it grows calm and cool, like a finger after touching ice.  These are physical sensations, limited in duration.  They are superficial, too, and leave no lasting impression behind if the soul remains closed.  Just as we feel at the touch of ice a sensation of cold, forgotten as soon as the finger becomes warm again, so the physical action of color is forgotten as soon as the eye turns away.  On the other hand, as the physical coldness of ice, upon penetrating more deeply, arouses more complex feelings, and indeed a whole chain of psychological experiences, so may also the superficial impression of color develop into an experience...

Vassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944)
Concerning the Spiritual in Art, from Chapter 5, "The Effect of Color"
Excerpted from Janson’s History of Art, Fifth Edition, 1995, 912.

MY COUNTRY / MY HOME are recent small and large works on paper using a variety of papers such as tissue paper, handmade confetti, quilling strips, papel picado; composed as an open invitation to experience as Kandinsky suggests “satisfaction and delight“, or for the pure enchantment introduced by beauty and other formal qualities in each composition.   The images included here are but fragments of the whole.

I hope you will join me!

Corners, Body, Lines: Blanka Amezkua

The artist explores the significance of corners through a site-specific installation featuring photographs, textiles, and mixed media works.

Curated by: Kristen Evangelista.

Court Gallery, William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
January 29 - March 16, 2018

Opening Reception
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Court Gallery

Blanka Amezkua in Facebook - Gallery Photos from the Opening

Artist Talk
Monday, February 26, 2018 @11:00 am. - 12:00 pm.
South Gallery

Boleros

Boleros presents recent work by contemporary artists working on mixed media, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and video, that directly and indirectly allude to emotions of love and loss, memories and longing/nostalgia, touch/contact and other feelings that have inspired or are associated with “bolero” music, which originated in Cuba and became very popular between the 1930's and '40's in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and other Latin American countries...

Artists: Blanka Amezkua, Patricia Cazorla, Yarisa Colon, Esperanza Cortes, Maria Dominguez, David Gonzalez, Norma Marquez Orozco, Glendalys Medina, Rafael Melendez, and Phyllis Sanfiorenzo.

Co-Curated by: Juanita Lanzo & Kimberly Vaquedano-Rose.

Longwood Art Gallery, Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY
September 20 - December 6, 2017

In Your Absence You Exist

Casita Maria is proud to present IN YOUR ABSENCE YOU EXIST by Bronx artist BLANKA AMEZKUA opening March 1 through May 17, 2017 and curated by Christine Licata.   Throughout her practice, Amezkua transforms the ways in which society and cultural histories interact. She utilizes traditional and domestic Mexican techniques and customs in her work to address community-based social issues such as equity, race, gender and identity...

Casita Maria Gallery, Bronx, NY
March 1 - May 17, 2017

Paper Hotshots

El Museo del Barrio and EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop collaborate again on an exhibition at the BLACKBURN 20|20 gallery space.  Paper Hotshots features the work of 30 contemporary artists working in comics or illustration or influenced by the traditions of comics and graphic novels.

El Museo @ Blackburn (EFA), New York, NY
November 1 - December 11, 2016

AAA3A — Alexander Avenue Apartment 3A

Artist run gregarious living room occurrences, face to face exchanges, victual, dialogue, workshops, residencies and art in the former home of the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project.  Beginning in October 2016 in Mott Haven, South Bronx.  Project initiator.

Bronx, NY
October 15, 2016 - present

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