Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations continued Wednesday with yet another exhibit by guest curator Ben Ortiz, who was the Pulse coverboy a couple weeks ago. “Antonio Martorell: Gestuario/’Gestures’ ” was, by all accounts, brilliant.
This exhibition of woodcut prints runs through Nov. 15, 2010 in the East Campus Art Gallery of Norwalk Community College.
Antonio Martorell is a Puerto Rican painter and graphic artist who is also a resident artist at the University of Puerto Rico. He regularly exhibits in Puerto Rico and the United States. Martorell also directs the Ramón Frade Museum at the University. Winner of the 1986 Bienal de Arte de San Juan prize, Martorell maintains printmaking workshops in Puerto Rico and New York. He also has an installation at El Museo del Barrio, featured in today’s Times.
The college tells us that this exhibition is Martorell’s depiction, in silhouette, of the gestures and attitudes of Puerto Ricans and other Caribbean nationals, “who consciously, or not, speak with their bodies, rendering into images that which is unspoken.” Martorell began thinking of his theme while on a family vacation taken years ago in Mexico. On this trip, a woman in the marketplace asked if they were Puerto Ricans before they had even spoken. When they asked her how she knew their nationality she replied, “Only Puerto Ricans point with their lips.”
“Printed on rice paper with a nod to the style of Japanese woodcuts, Martorell adds his initials to each of his prints in homage to the Japanese influence in Puerto Rican printmaking,” notes a press release issued by the college.