The work of Adonis Flores deals with issues related to the cult of the military apparatus. In his work, the realm of military discipline is addressed by means of parody, as fear and its opposite co-exist in a new form, which, much like an oxymoron, could be characterized as a sort of anti-cult, a “heretic faith.” Historically, the institutionalization of armies (and of the military apparatus in general) played a crucial role in the formation of modern “national projects,” whereby a deep sense of sovereignty, nationality, and identity was instilled. Indeed, the developing practice, ideology, and attachment to icons and symbols related to identity were imbued with a glorious and patriotic ethos. The specific case of Cuba deserves a closer look in this respect, since it sheds some light into a polemic and complex phenomenon in which an affirmative culture of resistance reproduces a sovereign project of collective aspirations. - pfoac
I stood in the center of the gallery between two barbed wire barricades separating me from the public and dividing the space into two areas each with independent entryways. One of the entryways permitted the entrance of U.S. born whites and Europeans. The other, permitted the entrance of blacks, latinos, asians, and middle easterners, as well as any individual who was not European or U.S. born white. People were not allowed to mix for the duration.
(Commissioned by Sweety’s and produced by Samsøn Projects)
…“All of the greatest contributions of the 20th Century started with a rebellion,” says Rastorfer, “Basquiat and Lam found success against all of the established rules…”
…Lam and Basquiat were both intimately acquainted with art history, but
what made them exceptional was the ability that they held in common to
filter that history through the lens of their ethnic backgrounds. “Lam
went to Spain on a cultural exchange and studied the great masters,”
says Rastorfer, “Basquiat read books and books. They knew the masters,
the images, and the work. I think that’s very important…”
Orlando Arocena is a Mexican-Cuban-American artist who creates digital illustrations for some of the world’s most renowned brands & film franchises, while also pursuing his artistic endeavors. Above is a mix of official commissioned work, as well as his fan tribute art.
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