FEB 7 – MAR 28 // SALT FINE ART : HOW TO BE A WHALE AND LOVE A CAT
HOW TO BE A WHALE AND LOVE A CAT
Drawings and objects by ESTERIO SEGURA
February 7 – March 28, 2013
Artist reception, February 7, 2013
Artist will be in attendance
6 – 9 pm
A 1950’s Plymouth Chrysler that has been repurposed into a combat submarine; Long distance tension bridges whose cables are made of elongated strands of human hair; A Killer whales with jet engine wings and technical specs with annotated poems. In a continuing mission to expose the best of Latin Contemporary art, saltfineart presentsHOW TO BE A WHALE AND LOVE A CAT, the drawings of world-renowned Cuban artistEsterio Segura. In an east/west collaboration, saltfineart’s exhibition will coincide with the Rockefeller Center’s opening of 21 large scale installations of his sculptural work GOODBYE MY LOVE in Times Square, New York.
Known internationally for his provocative visual narratives that combine kitsch, anthropology and the tense emotions connected with the Cuban experience, Esterio Segura has a particular talent for speaking volumes through the theatrical arrangement of images. He describes himself as a writer, unable to translate thought into words and therefore pressed to express his views through drawings, sculpture and installation – all working in the realms of surrealism and allegory.
Reminiscent of architectural blue prints, his work on paper is often marked by his distinctive handwriting, explanations that are poetically obscured in wordplay and double meaning. Void of obvious visual metaphors that could be directly related to the socio/political climate of Cuba, Segura creates his own language with symbols and ideologies that draw from the history of Cuba as a hotbed of culture, former center of trade and region that has been ironically severed from the rest of the globe as it is intently watched by it.
Living and working in Havana, Segura is the most highly regarded contemporary artist in Cuba with notable inclusions in both private and public collections throughout the world, including the permanent collections of the MOMA (New York), the MOLAA (Long Beach, CA) and the Latin American Art Museum (England) as well as the famous Farber Collection. He has exhibited his work in solo-exhibitions in cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and Beirut. Not one to waste time or prestige, Segura uses his high-profile image both to effect positive social change, turning his Havana studio into a foundation for the arts education of children.