Opening Reception: Metamorphosis and Emergence
The centerpiece of Metamorphosis and Emergence is a stunning 30’x10’ mural, depicting Frida Kahlo’s evolution from art student to revered icon of Mexican Modernism. The four Latino emerging artists in this show follow in Kahlo’s footsteps, transforming symbols and materials of traditional Mexican art and craft—such as mural painting, tile work and ceramics—into contemporary statements of identity, heritage and pride, touching on key themes in American art and culture.
The collaborative mural, titled “Metamorphosis” was conceived and designed by Hernandez, who was invited to submit ideas to enhance the 2022 Portland Art Museum (PAM) show, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism. Hernandez enlisted artists Escobar, Barrios and Janice Yang (a Blackfish colleague) to work alongside him in executing the work—live—at PAM. Escobar contributed giant milagros sculpted from aluminum, as well. These add an innovative 3-D element to the work.
First Thursday Opening Reception: April 6, 6-9pm
Virtual Opening: Join us on Facebook Live: April 6, 5:30-6pm
Escobar, Hernandez, Ikeda and Yang Artist Talks: Sunday, April 9, 2pm