Abel Barroso: Upgrading
Wednesday, May 15 @ 10:00am
Born in the small western Cuban city of Pinar del Río in 1971, Barroso, who now lives and works in Havana, studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and was included in Cuba’s official Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale. His work, while developing across different series, consistently explores how global pressures and technologies impact even those individuals who don’t have full access to their potencies. For the Thompson Gallery exhibition, Barroso will showcase two series that have particular resonance in Silicon Valley and California; each reveal his ironical response to their continuing impact on our lives.
Barroso’s early work focused on printmaking, but by the early 1990s he began to add a third dimension to his woodcuts and wood engravings, bringing them off the wall and into the form of sculptural objects. The two series that he will exhibit in San José are united by an emphasis on our sometimes fraught individual relationships with globalized powers and processes, elements that we see play out on a daily basis in Silicon Valley. His crafted images confront massive globalized commercial technologies with their local low-tech versions (e.g., Mango vs. Apple) as they likewise challenge the callousness and insensitivity that greets migrants and immigrants who are searching for their own way to participate in and benefit from these dominant worldwide paradigms, proposing ironic alternative creations that open visitors’ consciousness with ludic delight.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5-6 pm
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6-7:30 pm
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
Tuesdays 10 am – 4 pm; 6-7:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm and
For more info, please visit Gallery.sjsu.edu