José Carlos Tassara
Curated by Jesse Siegel
November 11 - 18, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, November 11 from 6 to 9pm
820 SE Alder St, Portland OR
Amigos Imaginarios explores the relationship of facial features and the socio-economic disparities in Latin American culture. The public perception of predominantly caucasian features as more commercially viable, a reality which is broadcasted via social media, billboards and television featuring mainly white men and women to a largely non-white population. Tassara subverts this ideology by creating concrete representations inspired by his own native features and repeating them to create patterns reminiscent of ruins, mutation and mixing.
About the Artist
José Carlos Tassara (Peruvian, b. 1980, Barquisimeto, Venezuela) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Lima, Peru. His work focuses on materiality, repetition and abstract form. He sources materials which are available worldwide, with an emphasis on concrete, house paint and wood. These staples of Latin American self-initiative are used to create introspective yet playful pieces that are as much about building using your hands as your brain.
Tassara holds a BFA from the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes (2005). His work has been widely exhibited in Peru, including a solo exhibition at the Centro Cultural Juan Parra del Riego (Lima, Peru). Tassara has been included in group exhibitions at Aguafuerte Galería (Mexico City, Mexico), the Museum of Americas (Miami, Florida), the Latino Art Museum (Pomona, CA) and the Museo Zorrilla (Montevideo, Uruguay). In 2008 he won the Volcom Perú Loves Art Off award.