History hurling into a present installation

BY: Elizabeth Kramer , @arts_bureau
SOURCE: Courier Journal
April 12, 2017
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Moremen Moloney Contemporary Introduces opened last fall with an exhibit curated in part by Carlos Gamez de Francisco, the Cuban-born artist whose work attracted acclaim in 2010, not too long after he had made Louisville his home.

Now the gallery is giving Gamez de Francisco the space for his installation “FAQ’s 1789 – 1987.” It marks his first solo exhibition since completing his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in December.

The title gives a span of time just shy of 200 years – beginning the year that this country got its first president and the start of the French Revolution in that country. The ending point is the year of Gamez de Francisco’s birth.

The artist’s work often makes use of decorative styles from the 19th century and plucks ideas from history, often conjuring images of figures from the era of Louis XIV. He even recognizes how his education in post-revolutionary Cuba and his education that was strongly influenced by the Russian Academy has shaped his art-making.

This new installation promises to use historical references and complex pattern in portraiture as well as textile design, exaggerated fashion design and sculpture. But the gallery and the artist aren’t giving much more details.

WHEN: Friday, April 15, through June 3. Opening reception is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 14

WHERE: Moremen-Moloney Contemporary, 939 E. Washington St. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

COST: Free admission

INFORMATION: 502-727-3909; www.moremenmoloneygallery.com, www.carlosgamezdefrancisco.com

Reach reporter Elizabeth Kramer at 502-582-4682 and ekramer@courier-journal.com. Follow her on Twitter @arts_bureau and on Facebook at Elizabeth Kramer – Arts Writer.

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