Ray Smith & G.T. Pellizzi "The Execution of Maximilian: Border Paintings"

Y Gallery (319 Grand St.)

poster for Ray Smith & G.T. Pellizzi "The Execution of Maximilian: Border Paintings"

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Y Gallery presents "The Execution of Maximilian: Border Paintings" by Ray Smith and G.T. Pellizzi, two Mexican-American artists of different heritages, but common cultural backgrounds. The exhibition refers to the violence represented by the border itself, replicated in the way illegal immigrants are treated—“backyard” policies creating a ripple effect of economic and social strife, as far off as in cities such as Ciudad Juarez. The daily violence that is produced at the borders is somehow reflected through these paintings, which were executed by shooting at cans of paint with shotguns, on the Texan border of Mexico near Brownsville, between the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. The making of the paintings took place outdoors in what is, and has been for over a century, the dump for the Iturria Ranch. This arena of action and the displacement of painterly production from the artist’s studio directly into nature and the outdoors echoes the Impressionist movement-taking place around the same time as Manet’s Maximilian paintings. Here, though, the natural landscape is taken to reference the Mexican–American border.



from February 09, 2012 to March 06, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-02-09 from 18:00 to 21:00

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