A Posteriori

A Posteriori

JUNE 20TH – AUGUST 1ST, 2020

Liliana Bloch Gallery is excited to announce the opening of its new location at 4741 Memphis Street, in the Design District, with a group exhibition entitled A Posteriori. This exhibition aims to open an honest conversation about how the current world health crisis has affected, threatened, and challenge every aspect of our present and future life as we know it. The full roster of participating artists is: Nathalie Alfonso in collaboration with Edison Peñafiel, Tim Best, Sean Cairns, Alicia Eggert, Ann Glazer, Ryan Goolsby, Alicia Henry, Letitia Huckaby, Vince Jones, Kathy Lovas, Shawn Mayer, Leigh Merrill, Bogdan Perzyński, Bret Slater, Pedro Vélez, and Sally Warren.

This exhibition will be open to the public by appointment, following a strict protocol of safety measures. Masks will be required to enter the gallery. 

A virtual opening party will be held on Saturday, June 20th. We will announce more regarding our virtual opening soon. During the run of this exhibition, the gallery will also have a corresponding interview program that will feature national and international guests that will serve as a platform to discuss the pandemic as well as other congruent themes that are relevant to our current state. The gallery would like to stress that we are aware and sympathize with the financial instability many of us are dealing with, so participant artists have been given the option to submit work that reflects the difficulty of artmaking during current conditions. Despite this, the work presented aims to be received as a pure sentiment, in solidarity with all those who have been affected by the pandemic.

We are excited to be back, albeit under the most unusual circumstances, and we look forward to adapting to uncertainty while maintaining the same level of quality and service we have always aspired to. We trust that our patrons, collectors, local art organizations join us as we explore different ways of supporting artists and the arts community.

Emotional Hurricanes, Political Earthquakes…

Emotional Hurricanes, Political Earthquakes…

March 6th – April 30th, 2020 

The Liliana Bloch Gallery & 214 Projects are pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by Pedro Vélez: Emotional Hurricanes, Political Earthquakes, Quiet Protests, Neurotic Tweets.

Do public confessionals of daily affirmations on Instagram heal a broken heart faster than affirming one’s self-worthiness in private therapy?  Is journalism to blame for the neurotic emotional state of Americans? Which came first: the tweet or the policy? 

Pedro Vélez’s new body of work originates in simple, meaningful acts, like caressing the tangled hair of a loved one. These tangled lines can also be seen in a series of paintings depicting the twisted cords of non-responsive window blinds, the internet “tubes”, or the fallen cables from the electric infrastructure left after the destruction of Hurricane María. His disjointed lines lead us to vistas of coral reefs visible through the blinds. For Vélez, coral reefs serve as affirmative metaphors against climate change deniers as well as natural regenerative processes of emotional healing. In the series Emotional Backpatches, Vélez portrays anonymous protesters wearing nostalgic jean jackets scrawled with their innermost feelings embodied in back patches. Vélez body of work encapsulates how intimacy is disrupted, occupied, and influenced by our digital selves, and the wild, uncontained landscape of political bots, social media alerts, relentless news cycles, disinformation campaigns, and emojis.  

(Note: At the beginning of 2017 Lilliana Bloch and Pedro Vélez started planning this exhibition. But in September of that year, Hurricane María struck the island. The rest is history.)  

ABOUT 214 PROJECTS 

In March 2019, as part of an expanding outreach initiative, the Dallas Art Fair launched 214 Projects, an exhibition and project space adjacent to their new offices at River Bend in the Design District. This additional venue will allow Dallas Art Fair exhibitors to present more ambitious gallery installations and special projects on a year-round basis outside of their typical presence during the second week of April.  

More information about 214 Projects.

SPONSORS

Pedro Vélez’s exhibition is possible with the patronage of Liliana Bloch Gallery, Jerome O’Neill, and Fernando Pont. 

Read more about Pedro Vélez.

 

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Pedro Velez’ Work Included in the Book, The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology

CONGRATULATIONS PEDRO VELEZ!

His work is included in the book The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology(Rhizome, 2019).

The book features a spread for each of the one hundred works that have been restored and are presented as part of Net Art Anthology, an online exhibition that began in 2016 at anthology.rhizome.org. It is published to coincide with the opening of “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” on view in the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery through May 26, 2019.

Read more about the book launch here

Read more about Pedro Velez here.

Image courtesy of Jiminie Ha/With Projects.

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