August 7 – August 28, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 | 7 – 11 pm
Live Music by: Pinc Louds (Brooklyn, NY)
Jenelle Esparza: Old Souls
The forms of these antiquated objects are very human-like; they are like a gathering of old souls whose friendship spans generations and whose stories, if they could speak, would tell of an earlier, much younger America. This work is about how resilient, and strong the body can be; it is about the hardness of the body and also the soft vulnerability of it.
Ruben Luna: Pon Las Sillas Juntas
Ruben Luna (b. 1974), aka ‘Gacho Style,’ is a self-taught contemporary artist born and raised in San Antonio’s South Side. Luna creates work exploring the theory of Rasquachismo. He draws inspiration in the creative challenge of generating new mixed-media objects through various techniques, often incorporating crude or the most basic of materials. Luna offers nostalgic tributes to the people, phrases, and things with creativity found in his hometown’s working-class Mexican American communities. His work is often playful, but at its core, it reveals the ability to be resourceful and “make do.” Each piece is a practice in problem-solving, overcoming aesthetics for the necessity of function combining inventiveness, ingenuity, and improvisation.
Pinc Louds’ lead singer, Claudi, moved from Puerto Rico to NYC in 2015 to fulfill her dream of playing in the subway. Through the literal underground, she met the many creatures, musicians, and artists that would turn Pinc Louds into the full-blown spectacle they are today. Their passionate shows with wild theatrics and giant puppets have been packing NYC venues such as (le)Poisson Rouge, Elsewhere, Joe’s Pub, and Knitting Factory ever since.
With members hailing from Chile (Rai Mundo, drums), Israel (Ofer Bear, bass), NY (Marc Mosteirin, keyboard, and bass guitar), and Puerto Rico (Claudi, kalimba, guitar & vocals), Pinc Louds draws influences from such diverse artists as Pixies, Billie Holiday, Daniel Johnston and Ismael Rivera. Doowop-crooners? Tropical-punk? In essence, they are a rock band. Gritty, sincere, and thrilled to be alive.