PAULA MORALES
STUDIO

Piece part of collective show Bestiario/Menagerie at Adobe Bookstore January 7, 2017.

Bestiario, from Spanish, can be roughly translated into "a collection or grouping of beasts." Similarly, a menagerie, a Gallicism, is typically imagined as a collection of savage, diverse creatures —transplanted, extracted, in solitary captivity or placed alongside unlikely counterparts in a strange or artificial environment.

These terms and their numerous connotations inform the works included in Bestiario/Menagerie.

Moreover, in a time where certain political figures frame Latin American immigrants and Latinxs as destructive elements in US society, this exhibition contrasts such racist manipulations by emphasizing the contribution of some of its creatives, enabling an appreciation of the variety of exuberant visual languages and styles they bring to contemporary art from Puerto Rico to California.

In Bestiario/Menagerie, the Adobe Books Gallery's white cube acts like a diorama for a curious, savage collection of artworks —bodies, entities, and environmental modules both imitating and punning the menageries of old.

Bestiario/Menagerie showcases works by artists working in San Juan, New York City, and the Bay Area, invoking a unique assemblage of Latin American and Latinx artists that will surely stimulate the visiting public at Adobe Books and enable them to find connections between the works, each referencing fantastic creatures, a variety of mythos, and terrestrial phenomena.

Exhibiting artists include: Mónica Félix (Puerto Rico/US), Fernando Pintado (Puerto Rico/US), Marcela Pardo Ariza (Colombia/US), Mya Pagán (Puerto Rico/US), Rafael Miranda-Matei (Puerto Rico/US), Paula Morales (Guatemala/US), Santiago Insignares (Colombia/US), María Guzmán-Capron (Colombia/Peru/US), Lionel Cruet (Puerto Rico/US), and Abdiel Segarra-Ríos (Puerto Rico/Spain).

The exhibition is curated by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción, a San Francisco-based independent curator, graduate of the California College of the Arts, and founder of Cranium Corporation, a platform for fostering dialogue about the work of contemporary artists and exhibitions.

Song Silencio by Rebeca Lane from her album Alma Mestiza, visuals by Paula Morales

Vertigo II

Doña Florinda

Barbarella 

Vertigo

Miss Universe

Chavo Mashup

Oh Divine

Barbarella 

El Chavo del 8

The Ugly Duckling

using Tachyons+ a visual synthesizer I have been shifting color channels and creating a different aesthetic.

base movie El Triunfo de Los Campeones Justicieros by Rafael Lanuza

light, color, shadow

in an a continuous attempt to mix the analogue and the digital using virtual space as a theatre I mixed an excerpt from Nosferatu and my own photographs.

Experimental Short film I made in homage to the death of my mother Maria.


vhs of my childhood where you can see me dancing made into small videos repeatedly

the dancing of the light refraction

light refractions with holographic materials

using z brush as a drawing tool in space

self portrait in 3d space


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