Luis Gonzalez Palma, Javier Lopez Rotella and Ariel Ruiz i Altaba explore cultural and individual identity using symbolism and mixed media to create their powerful imagery. Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma works are in international museum and corporate collections. Javier Lopez Rotella returns from Argentina for his 2nd exhibition at Benham Gallery. This is east coast artist Ariel Ruis i Altaba first west coast exhibition.
Luis Gonzalez Palma
Luis Gonzalez Palma declares that he tries "to portray the
soul of a people." His portraits and images not only succeed in acknowledging
his cultural heritage, they also communicate universal psychological overtones
and contemporary sociological, political issues.
Javier Lopez Rotella
beings" live on the limits of uncertainty, defined by the social
order and the assumptions that are the foundation of this order in a sinister
reality. Here, in this space, is where darkness finds refuge, what the
light of reason does not permit, the place of death, not the destroying
force, but that of the concept of change and of the renovation of life
itself. Here, the image gives us a limited report on pure beings who suffer
anguish and pain of the worst of modernity: "the emptyness"
Ariel Ruiz i Altaba was born in Mexico City in 1962, grew up in Barcelona, Catalonia and presently resides in New York where he is devoted to both science and art. He received his doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and is currently a professor in the Developmental Genetics Program of the Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine . His lab studies the development of the brain. His photographic work has focused on the intersection of biology and art as well as on issues of identity. His first monograph, Embryonic Landscapes (Actar, 2001)represents the work of the last fifteen years. His photographs and texts have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Luna C—rnea, CiŽncias, El Temps and Artbyte. His work is the Bibliotheque National de France in Paris, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and in private collections. He is currently curating an issue of the Spanish photography magazine Photovision on "Genes, Identity and Image". And is the founding director of WetLab, a new forum based in New York City for the interchange of ideas between science and the visual arts.