Evelyn Rydz & Gabriel Sosa
In Response (January – March 2021)
Evelyn Rydz and Gabriel Sosa created a new series of collaborative and site-specific works on paper for the Brookline Arts Center that explore longing, division, contagion, and the passage of time. In consideration of the BAC’s history as a former fire station, Rydz and Sosa use the antagonistic nature of fire and water to emphasize urgency and heightened divides.
Rydz layers together fragments of surface water drawings and photographs from various local rivers and locations across the Atlantic and Pacific in North and South America. Sosa draws from legal proceedings and phrases found in articles and on social media to create jumbles of barely legible texts that float, or sink, among the contours of Rydz’s aquatic imagery. Meanwhile, Rydz layers ripped pieces of paintings with salt water over and under Sosa’s brightly colored smudges and marks.
In their respective art practices, Rydz and Sosa have radically divergent aesthetics and methods of working -the former approaches her work with a patient, almost surgical precision, while the latter works quickly and feverishly. The work of each consumes but reinforces that of the other, reminding us of the division, uncertainty, and hope that mark these times.
Evelyn Rydz creates work across drawing, photography, site-responsive installations and participatory community projects. Her work is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Brother Thomas Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, SMFA Traveling Fellowship, U.S Latinx Art Forum Charla Fund Award, Artist Resource Trust Grant, MassArt Foundation Inc. Fellowship, and a Visual Arts Finalist of the Cintas Knight Foundation. Rydz has created community projects for the I.C.A. Watershed, Cooper Gallery at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center, University of Massachusetts, LIST Visual Arts Center at MIT, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Urbano Project, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and more. Her work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL), Palacio de Justicia (Matanzas, Cuba), Palmer Art Museum (Penn State University), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), El Parque Cultural del Caribe, (Barranquilla, Colombia), USC Fisher Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK) among others. Public collections include the Federal Reserve Bank, Barr Foundation, Tufts University Art Galleries, Fitchburg Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, and Fidelity Investments.
Gabriel Sosa is an artist, educator, curator, and linguist. His multi-disciplinary practice incorporates drawing, video, sound, and installation to explore how the use of language subtly shapes and disrupts our everyday experiences. His project No es fácil/It ain’t easy is a bilingual series of billboards on display in various Boston neighborhoods from July 2020 to January 2021. Additionally, his work has been shown at the O, Miami Poetry Festival; Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Tufts University Art Galleries; Centro Cultural Español, Miami; La Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana; A R E A, Boston; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. He was one of the curators of the Area Code Art Fair 2020, the first art fair focused on artists with ties to New England, and has curated exhibitions at Haley House in Roxbury and The Nave Gallery in Somerville. Gabriel has been an artist-in-residence at Lugar a dudas, Cali, Colombia; Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California. Born and raised in Miami, he is currently based in Boston where he is an artist-in-residence at Urbano Project and a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Álvårez, who juried Red, White and Blue at the BAC in 2018, is Owner/Director of Samsøñ Projects.
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