Rain/Lluvia

New Works by Visiting Artist Antonio Martorell

October 18 – November 18

Opening Reception: October 18, 5-7PM at the Linfield Gallery

Artist Talk: “Communication, Communion, and Confrontation in Puerto Rican Art” October 25, 7pm at the Ice Auditorium

For Linfield Gallery, Antonio Martorell has created a new suite of works that respond to the landscape of Oregon, not as experienced by the artist, but as related to him from people who live here. “When the opportunity came my way to bring an exhibition to Oregon, a place that I had never visited before, I candidly asked: ‘¿Qué pasa en Oregon?’ (What happens in Oregon?) I received an equally candid answer: ‘It rains every day.’”

That short summation of Oregon life sparked an instant image for the artist: the umbrella. Using the image of the umbrella as a jumping off point, Martorell has created a new body of work that includes large-scale works on paper and a site-specific installation. “I never imagined that a singular object could generate so many metaphors, become so meaningful in unsuspected ways.”

Anchoring the exhibition is the site-specific installation “Umbrella Wall.” Opposite it, foundational texts from Puerto Rico, the United States and the world survive being washed out through the presence of friends and relatives who uphold them. These works invite audiences to reflect on what it means to be a “citizen” in a new digital landscape.

Themes of protection and perseverance are woven throughout the exhibition. As Martorell states: “In these times, one must face the text and survive the test, come rain or come shine. So, let it rain. We make our own umbrellas.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 Antonio Martorell, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1939, lives and works in La Playa de Ponce. He has been artist-in-residence for close to 25 years at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. He keeps workshops in Hato Rey and El Barrio in New York.

In 2007, Martorell was selected the Wilbur Marvin Visiting Fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University for the Winter Semester 2008. While Martorell was in residence at the Fogg Museum at Harvard he created his own interpretations of the masters. He share

d with students and neighbors the dynamic cycle of creation that passes through destruction teaching ways of re-creating and forging new relationships.

He keeps busy at painting, drawing, installation and performance art, graphics, set and costume design, theatre, films, TV, radio and writing for the press. He has published three books, and exhibited widely in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and Europe, also participating in collective shows in Europe, Africa and Asia, having been awarded prizes in biennials in Italy, Germany, the United States, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. His work was included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Martorell´s artwork is found in the collections of the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museo del Barrio in New York, the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the Princeton University Library, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Casa Las Americas in Cuba, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan and the University of Puerto Rico Museum, among others.

artist working on bill of rights work

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This exhibition is sponsored by the Lacroute Art Series and the Department of Art and Visual Culture. The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. The series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College, is dedicated to helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and community. It provides programs featuring artists in the areas of music, art and visual culture, and theatre and communication arts. 

Additional support comes from: the Linfield Art Department, Global Languages and Cultural Studies, The Spanish Club, ASLC, Multicultural Programs, PLACE, the Diversity Grants Committee, and the University of Oregon

ABOUT LINFIELD GALLERY 

Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library.