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Pavel Acosta: PRESENT WORKS, at Guttenberg Arts, NJ

June 5 – July 1, 2015

Opening reception: Friday June 5th, 7pm-9pm

Guttenberg Arts
6903 Jackson St,
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

Join us Friday June 5th for the opening reception of “Present Works” by Pavel Acosta on display at Guttenberg Arts.

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Pavel Acosta and Juana Valdes, Summer 2015 Guttenberg Arts Residents.

JUANA VALDES

My artwork is a multi-disciplinary practice that combines the process of printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramic. It integrates the social-political discourse within the art object to analyze relationships between contemporary and historical imagery and their connection to the social, political and economical dominance of the cultures that produce them and their impact on cultural memory.

PAVEL ACOSTA

All my work revolves around stealing. In Cuba, after graduating from the Higher Institute of Art and with little access to unaffordable art materials, I stole dry paint from the crumbling city walls and the objects around me to do collages of recycled paint on paper and canvases. I wanted to survive as an artist in the same way people does in Cuba – smuggling the State resources within the black market as the way to compensate for low salaries and scarcities. I was interested in exploring the boundaries between destroying something, or commiting a crime and creating, as well as the concepts of etics and morality within my society.

Guttenberg Arts is dedicated to promoting the visual arts by providing practicing artists with the space and time to develop their work while engaging with the public. Guttenberg Arts aims to increase opportunities for supported artists by expanding their community through artistic collaborations and promotion to curators and collectors in the tri-state area.

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Pavel Acosta in group show “In Praise of Folly”, at the New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation, New York

February 27 – March 25, 2015

NARS Foundation
201 46th Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220

The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to present a group exhibition In Praise of Folly, curated by Jin Y. Hwang Coleman and including work by Pavel Acosta, Hong Seon Jang, Marc Oosting, Lior Shvil, and Ghost of a Dream. In Praise of Folly, inspired by the famous book of the same title by Desiderious Erasmus, focuses on the works by artists who challenge our belief system and dogma in a satirical, humorous and witty way.

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PAVEL ACOSTA: STOLEN FROM THE MET, at Zadok Gallery, Miami

Opening: Thursday, March 6, 2014

 

Zadok Gallery
2534 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Pavel Acosta’s new series, Stolen from the Met, is an unprecedented tour de force in rediscovering old masters under a new light. Upon his arrival to New York a couple of years ago, he has embarked in a journey to investigate the pictorial techniques of giants like Velázquez, Vermeer, El Greco, Van Gogh, Picasso and others. Firstly, I was afraid he would go on to forge paintings to make a decent living; then I found out that he only was seeking to translate them into his own language of monochromatic obsession. The outcome has been truly outstanding. Acosta not only wants to emulate these painters and comment on museums’ nuanced engagement with their images, but also doing so in a manner that is sophisticating and therefore rewarding for the viewer.

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Pavel Acosta at Sgorbati Projects, NY

November 7 – December 21, 2013

Sgorbati Projects
525-531 West 26th Street Fourth Floor,
New York, NY

 

Sgorbati Projects is pleased to announce the gallery’s inaugural exhibition with work by Pavel Acosta, Livia Corona, Ignacio Lang and Gabriela Salazar. Each artist, through acts of intervention—theft, documentation, arbitrary appropriation, formal reinterpretation—modify established systems, repurposing these structures for their own intents.

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Pavel Acosta: Stolen Paint

June 12, 2013 – January 4, 2014

El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

Going beyond the legal boundaries, and stealing the state property is an expanded exercise in Cuba. It has even become morally acceptable action — a payback for earning very low salaries, which are not enough to cover the basic needs of a regular worker, in a centralized economy. My recent work was born out of trying to translate this survival strategy into my creative process. Some of my photography series document illicit private businesses the government sees as a form of robbery, like owning a gymnasium for bodybuilding (Stolen Talent, 2009), creating new car designs, by merging old automobiles with modern pieces (Stolen Talent, 2009-2010), or privately using abandoned public spaces (Stolen Spaces, 2006-2009). Another body of work is developed using collage on different media. Stolen Paintings (2008-present) is a series of collage on canvas and paper, which I also started in Havana. There, I used layers of dry paint, which I collected from walls, and found objects in the city. After coming to live in New York, I turned this process into a working technique that is subordinated to specific ideas. Most of the time, the layers of acrylic are prepared in my studio, on top of a glass, to later use it for “dry painting.” In the case of Wallscape, an intervention in El Museo’s collection display, I will reproduce the painting hung in the wall in front of mine —Goat Song # 5: Tumult on George Washington Avenue, 1988, by Manuel Macarulla. I will collect the layers of old paint in my wall, and use this material to reproduce it at a 1:1 scale, as if my wall was reflecting it.

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El Museo del Barrio Biennial

June 12, 2013  to January 4, 2014

Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue(at 104)
New York
 

Four Cuban American artists are exhibiting at the Bienal – Pavel Acosta, Bernardo Navarro Tomas, Becky Franco and Alex Nuñez

Link:>>El diario de Cuba

LInk:>>New York Times

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