A Butchertown gallery opens with its first exhibit this month when Moremen-Moloney Contemporary presents “Cuban Art: Influence and Articulation” curated by Carlos Gamez de Francisco and Latin American art historian Yarima Hernandez.
Founded by interior designer Susan Moloney Byrd, owner of Moloney Smith Design, and art collector Susan Moremen, the gallery plans to exhibit contemporary art by established and emerging national and international artists.
Artist Gamez de Francisco’s work began to capture attention less than two years after he arrived in Louisville from his home country of Cuba with his sights set on painting. Since then, his work has been seen at several galleries around the city, including 21C Museum Hotel and the Muhammad Ali Center, where he was artist in residence for a year.
While this exhibit doesn’t include work by Gamez de Francisco, it does include works by three Cuban artists Maikel Dominguez, Lisyanet Rodgriguez and Yovani Caisé.
Dominguez’s paintings – carrying the subtitle “Beautiful Absences” – are intimate portraits that bear his subjects’ imperfections that bring out their humanity.
Rodgriguez describes her portraits – of charcoal on canvas – as “subtle realism.” They portray highly detailed images of people, animals and landscapes that present keen depth
Caisé, who titles his collection of works “Provocations,” creates expressionistic and figurative paintings that whirl with color to combine the beauty of the natural world, including humans and animals, with visual snatches of technology.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, through Oct 1. Opening reception is 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9.
WHERE: Moremen-Moloney Contemporary, 939 E. Washington St. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m., Saturdays, and onSunday, Sept. 11, or by appointment.
COST: Free admission