Por William R. Wynn | TULSA, OK
Two exciting new art exhibitions are opening this weekend at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education in the Tulsa Arts District.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presents REMIX: Cultural Collaborations and Pink: An Exploration.
Argentine-born artist Gabriel Rojas is among those contributing to “REMIX.” La Semana caught up with Rojas at his exhibition at last weekend’s La Fiesta de Tulsa at Gathering Place, where the artist explained that “REMIX” brings together several pairs of artists, each from different cultural backgrounds, who collaborate on pieces reflecting their individual identities and their shared creative vision.
“I’m representing Argentina and Bolivia,” Rojas said, “and I collaborated on three pieces with Ebony Iman Dallas, who is representing Somalia, where her family’s roots are.”
Rojas said he and Dallas found a connection in talking about their struggles to reconcile their respective cultural identities in their youth, and how those struggles influence the expression of their artistic vision today.
OVAC ‘s Facebook page describes REMIX: Cultural Collaborations as “a group exhibit where invited artists from different cultural backgrounds were put in teams of two and encouraged to collaborate on one art piece. The hip-hop reference of ‘remixing’ describes the art-making practice of borrowing imagery from different sources and the act of collaboration itself.
REMIX: Cultural Collaborations is curated by Narciso Argüelles, John Selvidge, and K. Samantha Sigmon.
Also at the Zarrow Center is Pink: An Exploration, which OVAC says “brings together artists from across the region as they explore color, both as a physical experience and a cultural symbol. Artists in the exhibition have created work of varied disciplines that explores pink through the lens of material culture, domestic culture, phenomenology, politics, gender, sexuality, and more.”
Pink: An Exploration is curated by Catherine Crain, CJ Charbonneau, and Gretchen VanWormer.
The opening of the exhibitions is set to coincide with Tulsa’s First Friday Art Crawl, August 2nd, from 6-9 pm, and the exhibitions will remain on view until August 28, 2019. Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education is located at 124 East M.B. Brady Street in the Tulsa Arts District. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 12-6 pm. (La Semana)