by Rafael Francisco Salas
December 2 – February 2017
Latino Arts Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.
"My artwork reflects on American culture and on the dichotomies of identity within it. It speaks to our indignant desire for a dream that is continually just beyond reach. It is a strange, rural poetry of aspiration and poignant reality, a striver's endeavor that includes high and low culture, situated between the elevated and the abject." - Rafael Salas.
Mr. Salas' current work focuses on the description of landscapes and moods he has observed in Wisconsin, including natural occurrences, man-made events, and architecture that both compliment and conflict with one another. Mr. Salas utilizes non-representational and still life elements in his work to create a contrast between the figure and ground, between the perceived and felt.
Latino Arts is proud to showcase Mr. Salas’ work in the Latino Arts Gallery for the first time since hosting his exhibition Substituting Emptiness in 2007.
Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a donation of $1.
This presentation is supported by the Milwaukee County Cultural Artistic and Musical Programming Advisory Council and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund - a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Crane Group, and General Mills Foundation.