On September 11, 2013, from 6:00-10:00pm, there will be an opening reception and discussion of Nathan Budoff’s new installation, “Retrato” [Portrait]. Recinto Cerra, located at 619 1/2 Cerra Street, between Ponce de León and Fernández Juncos avenues in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Retrato,” which combines painting and drawing, opened to the public at Recinto Cerra on Thursday, August 22, at 7:00pm, and is on view until September 14. Budoff, a renowned U.S. artist based in Puerto Rico for the past 18 years, presents a new and innovative work, integrating the physical space of the gallery with works made on canvas. “There is something very special about the installation and the way in which it recreates the interior of a residence, illuminated by the individual portraits that appear. They speak to us about the idea of how we live in our spaces, not only with ‘objects,’ but also with people and animals. The portrait is an exercise in preserving fragments, but similarly, a way to understand history, so here it works equally as a mode of examining what is outside our area of focus.”
Nathan Budoff, who completed his art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is presently is a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, has been the recipient of many grants and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship. Budoff has exhibited his work in many galleries and institutions on island and abroad. His work is included in the collections of the Ponce Museum of Art, the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.
For more information, see the following article (in Spanish): http://www.elnuevodia.com/esaefimeracotidianidad-1592176.html