Alejandro Aguilera blends Afro-Cuban heritage, modernism at Saltworks

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by Rebecca Dimling Cochran | Apr 15, 2011
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Alejandro Aguilera’s current solo show at Saltworks takes us back to a series of works he made in 1998, called the “Black Drawings.” It’s a rewarding journey: the drawings are rich and raw, pulsating with alternating rhythms that give them a lyrical quality.

The Cuban-born artist made them when he first immigrated to the United States and was living in Miami. At the time, his day job was designing and creating hand-painted fabrics for commercial use in wall coverings and upholstery. At night, Aguilera would take large sheets of the thin kraft paper that bound the rolls of fabric back to the studio with him.

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