Contemporary Expressions: Art from the Guyana Diaspora

The Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) of New York is sponsoring “Contemporary Expressions: Art from the Guyana Diaspora,” an exhibition by artists of Guyanese heritage residing in Guyana and abroad. The show will be held at Five Myles exhibition and performance space. The show, curated by Carl E. Hazlewood, includes the work of Frank Bowling, R.A., O.B.E., Stanley Greaves, Andrew Lyght, Philip Moore, Dudley Charles, Donald Locke, Carl Anderson, Victor Davson, Arlington Weithers, Bernadette Persaud, Greg Henry, Carl E. Hazlewood, and Damali Abrams. The exhibition will run from August 13 through September 4, 2011. A reception will be held on Saturday, August 13, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The gallery is located at 558 St. Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York. ARC magazine writes:

Included in the exhibition are veteran artists like Stanley Greaves and Dudley Charles, who have contributed over many years to the creation and growth of a modern art in Guyana. Philip Moore, the eighty-nine year old idiosyncratic painter and sculptor is represented with exceptional work. The exhibition is dedicated to the living energy of Moore, an artist of powerful individual vision that is always grounded in a Guyana experience of mythopoeic proportions. “Contemporary Expressions: Art from the Guyana Diaspora” also pays homage to the memory of Donald Locke, Guggenheim Fellow, a painter, sculptor, writer, and an exceptional promoter of everything Guyanese, who died last October.

Sponsoring an exhibit of sophisticated modern art such as this one is just one way the GCA continues to share its major objective: to Preserve, Promote and Propagate Guyanese Creativity. Poetry, literature, and visual art are portable means of taking various essential cultural values along with us wherever we happen to go. The arts allow us to dream in metaphor; allow us to traverse the subtle and concrete territories of a shared history. It is all about tragedy, beauty, love, loss, and continuing struggle.

While artists of Guyanese heritage have achieved in the visual field as much as we have maintained excellence in the literary arena, Guyana, the only Anglophone country on the continent of South America, is often caught between its close cultural, political, and historical ties to the Caribbean Islands, and its physical location on the mostly Latin mainland. The result is that this vital, multicultural, and multiracial former outpost of the British Empire is often overlooked in reviews of Latin American art, and is only grudgingly admitted into an occasional West Indian themed exhibition. However, relative to its size, the country has produced more than its share of extraordinarily accomplished artists of international stature such as Frank Bowling and Andrew Lyght, both of whom are represented in this show.

[Shown here, Dudley Charles’ “Bush Die Die.”]

For full article, see http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2011/08/contemporary-expressions-art-from-the-guyana-diaspora/

For more information on the gallery, see http://www.fivemyles.org/projects/2010.03.27/

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