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2011 Shows and Events

Fall 2011 Open Studio, Project Artaud Studio 101- Join us for the 2011 Fall Open Studios, Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Project Artaud, 499 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Utopia/Pesadilla: El Sueño Americano Exhibition by Victor Cartagena with sound elements by David Molina
Dates: August 31 – October 16, 2011 / Reception & Artist Talk: September 2 at 7:00pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 12pm – 7pm / Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
And by special appointment / Free Admission

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 South First Street (in between William & Reed Streets), San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-ARTE

Victor Cartagena's mural at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)
510 S, First Street San Jose, CA

The maps that are drawn on our immigrant faces represent authentic, physical trajectories and at the same time they are poems filled with misfortune, physical abuse and internal injuries; the raw material with which our memories are made of. The stains remain indelible, as the wounds heal over time, as our dreams get realized or morph into nightmares.

Our maps are drafted as the result of political and familial crises, cultural and socioeconomic shifts, natural disasters, war, famine and other catastrophes, and are often the result of dreams of opportunity and new beginnings.  On our “tattooed” immigrant faces one can trace the markings of fear however concealed and layered it might be; deep lines based on valid fears of deportation and illegal status, as well as thin ones, because even 100% citizenship does not erase our heritage and split alliances.

The maps that led us to the “American dream” and the potential for a better future, often escaping untenable circumstances and loaded with dreams for the generations to come, are ultimately the memory maps of our journey. A journey that brought us to a new society and culture with different rites, rituals and language and imprinted on our immigrant faces a whole new set of realities— discrimination, abuse, exploitation, adaptation, growth, transformation.

APOTHEKE and The Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE)- CHIPRE-EL SALVADOR
Opening: Thursday, 16th June 2011, 20:00 
Open Hours: 17:00-21:00, Monday-Saturday,17-25th June 2011 or by appointment
Info: 99764816 / www.apothekecontemporaryar

As a first instalment of a programme of exchange and collaboration between APOTHEKE and The Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE), APOTHEKE presents 'See, Memory', an exhibition of works by the Salvadorian artist Victor Cartagena and the Brazilian-Salvadorian media artist-activist Aleksander Aguilar.

The APOTHEKE / MARTE collaboration will culminate in 'It's Hard Selling Land', an exhibition of Cypriot contemporary artists, which will take place in mid-2012 at the Museum of Art of El Salvador, and will be curated by Demetris Taliotis and Evi Tselika.

Cara and Cabezas Contemporary is pleased to present two exhibitions June 3 - July 9, 2011
Victor Cartagena Caras y Cabezas and Reason’s Monsters (after Goya) : Etchings by Nicholas Naughton.

Caras y Cabezas translates from Spanish to Faces and Heads. The title and content of Victor Cartagena’s exhibition of monoprints directly reflect the vision of gallery owner and director, Paulo Acosta Cabezas, to share artwork that is not only aesthetically dynamic (the face) but that also addresses intellectual and emotional concerns (the head).


On April 22, 2011, Intersection for the Arts will unveil our new home to the community and we want you to come celebrate at our House Warming! Join hundreds of Intersection's supporters as we open the doors to our new home at 5th & Mission, as we help lead the creation of a dynamic community of artists, social entrepreneurs, technologists, inventers and makers at 5M in the iconic San Francisco Chronicle building. This historic chapter in Intersection;s legendary journey;which started in North Beach, moved into the Mission District, and has become a City-wide story;will open unprecedented doors for Bay Area artists and cultural activists and will prompt the design of a new, permanent, state-of-the-art home for Intersection for the Arts and its community. Featured Artists: Binh Danh; Suzanne Husky; Victor Cartagena; Ala Ebtekar; Daniel Healey; Sean Marc Lee; Weston Teruya


 Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-0453
Opening Reception Friday April 15
Show continues thru June.

BURRO-CRACIA is a play on words (Burro in Spanish means donkey and Burocracia, with one “r,” means Bureaucracy), so the combination of words represents a critique of bureaucratic inefficiencies and the politics that drive them, with human beings and their quest for power acting as the engines of the system. This is a work in progress and the final mural is scheduled to be presented in Cuba in December, 2011.

Also on display are pieces from ANATOMY OF LA MENTIRA, a series of work first created and exhibited a few years ago. The series explores the nature of lying and the reasons that humans are continually compelled to lie. Cartagena states, “lying, like laughing, is a human trait . . . There have never been as many lies as in these times.”


MACLA’s 13th Annual Art Auction
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Live Auction at 7:30
special appearance by vocalist Kat Parra

Bang! Bang! Toy Gun!
Facultad de Bellas Artes.
Universidad de Costa Rica.
17 de may 2011

Gary Spain, noted San Francisco–based interior stylist and designer chose Victor's "painting" for the livingroom featured in Elle Decore Magazine. Gary Spain (living room)
Gary creates eclectic spaces that incorporate high- and low-end finds, global influences, and both contemporary and vintage pieces. With a creative background as an art director and photo stylist, he is frequently called upon to style editorial photo shoots, advertising shoots, and catalogue shoots that focus on interior design. Spain's work has been featured in many publications, including California Home + Design and House Beautiful.

BURROCRACIA"  LA HABANA, CUBA. is a collaboration with CARA and CABEZAS CONTEMPORARY for a gallery in Cuba. Victor Cartagena previewed the work-in-progress in his studio at Project Artaud at SF Open Studios October 9 and 10, 2010

Victor Cartagena © 2012