Celestial Traveler

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

No, it’s not Art Love Monday, but we’re giving you the heads up on a great exhibition that’s opening today — Celestial Traveler.

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

The venue is Miami, Florida’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. There will be an opening reception tonight, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Admission is free.

Have to miss the festivities? You can still catch the art through January 3 and Art Basel season.

And now a word or two about the artist and his inspiring work…

Estévez, Carlos (1969) Havana, Cuba from carlosestevez.net

Estévez, Carlos (1969)
Havana, Cuba from carlosestevez.net

Visit the Cuban-born Estevez’s website and you’ll happen upon his Artist Statement:

“I learned from this world that words are nothing; they are merely a frail sound in the space and their value lasts no more than a life. Acts are also worthless, since there is no return to the space and moment in time in which they occurred.

I think that works of art transgress the words and acts. They are men’s supreme effort to conquer the universe, which is the human being itself. But constancy is required since artworks are “marks” that keep one alive while one creates them, and help a little and only sometimes to have the presentiment of how is God.”

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

It is this relationship between man and the universe that Estevez examines through Celestial Traveler. Indeed, the Frost Art Museum’s take on Estevez’s work, “His artistic quest is anchored in philosophical inquiry and inspired by occult traditions such as alchemy. Mystical visions of objects believed to possess transcendental powers over the world take center stage.”

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

There are 35 pieces featured in Celestial Traveler, including the exhibition’s namesake (pictured above) and mixed media sculptures, assemblages, installations and works on paper.

As for themes, they run the gamut from anthropology and existentialism to medieval codes and popular culture.

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

Image courtesy of News Travels Fast

 

Ready to see Celestial Travelers. We know we are! Head to the Frost Art Museum, located at Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17 St. (map/ directions).

For information about Celestial Travels and the Frost Art Museum visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu. To learn more about Carlos Estevez visit http://www.carlosestevez.net.

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