Cortando, Cociendo y Recordando
September 26 – December 17, 2009
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way, Miami, FL
Reception with performance and artist’s talk:
Wednesday September 30, 6-8:30pm
Cortando, Cociendo y Recordando is a site-specific installation, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace, that is also a survey of Erman’s work from 2000 to the present. Erman creates evocative environments and artists’ books using a lyrical vocabulary of images and metaphors: sewing objects, handwritten text and handmade garments, shoes, and houses empty of their wearers or inhabitants. The work alludes to familiar narratives of migration, exile, up-rootedness, transculturalism, and displacement.
About the artist: Juan A. Gonzalez, better known as Erman, was born in Cuba in 1956 and has lived in exile in the United States since 1969. His first career was as a designer in the fashion industry; his transition to visual artist began in 1989, when he began to meld fashion, sculpture and fiber art. Erman is concerned with blurring the traditionally Western divide between art and craft, and his work addresses the personal and universal effects of migration, up-rootedness, religion, matriarchy and transculturalism. He is the recipient of residencies and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center; Instituto Sacatar in Itaparica, Brazil; and Art Center South Florida. Erman has been an invited guest artist, instructor, and lecturer at the National Art Gallery in Nassau, the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and Colorado State University's Art and Consumer Sciences Departments. He was recently a guest lecturer and workshop instructor at Broward College in Davie, FL in conjunction with Cortando, Cociendo y Recordando, a traveling survey exhibition of his work from 2000 to the present, curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace. In 2008, the show traveled to Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins, CO. Erman has taught fiber art to children from underserved local schools as well as adults and children living with special needs. He is represented by Diaspora Vibe Gallery and his work is in many private and institutional collections.
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