Arts Fort Worth



ARTS FORT WORTH - TRANSYSTEMS GALLERY


Abuelo Rafael

Gerardo Macías Robles
Abuelo Rafael
Oil on Canvas
17.5 x 13.5 inches


TranSystems Gallery - SOMOS


Exhibition on Display: November 5 - December 11, 2021

Works by Gerardo Macías Robles

ARTIST STATEMENT:

As a first generation Mexican-American, my culture and heritage has directly influenced me to use my artistic ability as a mediator by exposing some hardships that many north and central immigrants face. Somos is body of work that pays homage to immigrants, many of whom have sacrificed everything for their families to have an opportunity at achieving the American Dream. The definition of the American Dream has evolved and differs from person to person, but for myself and many others, the goal remains – build a legacy. By bearing fruits in unfavorable conditions, we (“first-gens”) are tasked with reaping those fruits to then bear more.

Through the use of personal family images, home-videos, and other source materials, I intend to give my audience a different perspective of who we are as a people. My goal to is to sensitize viewers to immigrants in a different light with traditional painting methods. I also incorporate wall compound, fabric, and other non-traditional painting mediums into my work. As a medium, the materials act as a metaphoric wall, representing other's perceptions of Spanish-speaking immigrants, and thus bringing a different element into painting.

In Catholicism, sainthood is what we aim for because it's an example of how humans have dedicated their lives to serving others. In my paintings, the halos are used to bring out the virtuousness in ordinary actions by ordinary people. Additionally, using the halos to elevate a person's story and their sacrifices made contributes the sensitization of immigrants as they are often victims of prejudices and biases.

ARTIST BIO:

Gerardo currently lives and works in Oak Cliff. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design in 2011, and received an associate's degree in Art from Mountain View College in 2009. Gerardo is currently working for the City of Dallas – Office of Arts and Culture, as a Community Arts Coordinator. There he works with local artists to produce artistic and cultural events throughout the city of Dallas.

 

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The Arts Council of Fort Worth was formed in 1963 to provide funding and leadership to stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout Fort Worth. Today's Arts Council continues to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth by providing fiscal and business resources to local artists and arts groups while also serving the community through management of the Fort Worth Public Art Program and Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The Arts Council of Fort Worth is supported in part by the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, please visit www.artsfortworth.org.

ABOUT THE FORT WORTH COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

Located at 1300 Gendy Street, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center is part of the most architecturally significant museum districts in the United States, Fort Worth's Cultural District. The Arts Center's mission promotes experienced and emerging artists with nine indoor galleries and an outdoor courtyard gallery. The Arts Center's Hardy and Betty Sanders black box theatre and the William Edrington Scott Theatre hosts a wide range of performances by local and nationally known artists and organizations. The historically significant building is home to artists' studios, nonprofit arts organization office suites, and classrooms. Learn more at www.fwcac.org

 

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