The Miguel Meléndez Muñoz Cultural Center presents the exhibition, La Barriga de Calandrino [Calandrino’s Belly], by artist Emanuel Torres-Pérez. In this exhibition, Torres-Pérez will show 25 bi-dimensional works and an installation. The opening on August 29, 2009, at 7:00pm, will include music, theater, and performance art. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 1st at the Miguel Meléndez Muñoz Cultural Center on Antonio Barceló Avenue in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Run by the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, the cultural center is located across the street from the main university entrance.
In this exhibition, Torres-Pérez has created the results of the pregnancy of literary character Calandrino Silvestre (from Giovanni Bocaccio’s Decameron) as he imagines them. The artist chose this character— inspired by his ingenuity and simplicity— and a variety of mythical beings (such as Icarus) to tell the story, through his paintings, of events that happen on the sea and of the balseros, yoleros, and other “boat people” who risk their lives in the waves.
Presently, Torres-Pérez is a theater student at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. He began to paint a year ago without any formal training. Although he admires the work of artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Harry Hernández, Torres-Pérez explains that his main influence is society, where people seek to interpret and understand what is happening around them.
For full article (in Spanish), see http://universia.pr/portada/noticia_actualidad.jsp?noticia=41300
For an interview with the artist, see http://www.radiouniversidad.pr/noticias/reportajes/barriga-17-08-2009.html