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Mar 24, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| Free
Thought Bubbles, the upcoming show at Rhombus Space, is an artistic dialogue between 4 visual artists who use graphic conventions and formal devices from comics and cartoons in their art. The work in Thought Bubbles makes explicit the artist’s subjective and critical thought processes, as well as narrative constructions through forms that externalize the interior, to produce multiple perspectives. Enrique Chagoya is both artist and cultural historian; he makes pictorial records of recent and historical events using humor and appropriated political, historical, and pop culture icons turned into visual narratives creating a “reverse anthropology’ of American and Western culture. Don Fritz’s work explores cultural and gender identities, as well Pan-Pacific fantasies of sexuality and power, using childhood imagery and toys of 1950s, along with Japanese, Mexican and U.S. cultural signifiers. Archie Rand combines secular and sacred symbolism in his work; filtering cross-cultural knowledge with a personal perspective that results in paintings composed of interwoven formal and narrative layers. Petra Gupta Valentová’s work examines questions of identity, memory, and childhood experiences by combining traditional craft styles from India with post-Modern Western art to create contemporary graphic stories. Together, Enrique Chagoya, Don Fritz, Archie Rand, and Petra Gupta Valentová borrow from the form and concept of the pop culture tradition of comic and cartoon arts in order to highlight social commentary in their artwork and to challenge fine art conventions by bridging the gap between high art and popular culture through their creative process.