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New work by Henry Bermudez
February 28 – April 25, 2019
Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space
Friday, March 1, 2019
5 – 9 PM during first Friday Art loop
Panel discussion, Crossed Sites: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
The panel includes curator Jorge Gutierrez, artist Henry Bermudez, and renowned curators via Skype. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A.
Henry Bermudez’s interest in visual representations of cultures and mythologies has appeared in his work in varying forms throughout his career. As he transcends time and national boundaries, he constantly searches for the mythological elements of his cultural roots and mythological stereotypes in contemporary culture. Bermudez explores unique geographical locations coupled with artistic observation. Those discoveries have taken Bermudez from educational experiences in small isolated communities in the Caribbean to representing Venezuela in the Venice Biennial.
In the Venezuelan coastal Afro-Caribbean community of Borbures, religious and social blending provide a unique vision of the African Diaspora in the Americas with its symbolism and iconography. These were his first impacts in the process of breaking from the formalities of mainstream styles learned in school. With these early experiences came the desire for new forms of expression resulting in complex, magical worlds, intricate patterning, and profusion of color.
Totally Mythological is comprised of four paintings. Each one contains what art blogger Libby Rosof considers “tumultuous visions,” symbols that create connections between past legends and the present myths, inviting the viewer to consider their own place in the world.
Henry Bermudez attended the National Schools of Art in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship to the National School of Art “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City. He also studied at New York City’s Art Student’s League, as well as in Rome. He was selected to be the Venezuelan representative for the 1986 Venice Biennale. His work has been included in many exhibition catalogs such as the X International Print and Drawing Exhibition of China, as well as in books on the subject of Venezuelan art.
Since his arrival in the USA in 2003, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia has commissioned him on several major projects. In 2011, he was one of a handful of artists chosen to work with the Philagrafika print collaborative founded by artistic director and curator Jose Roca. In 2012, Bermudez received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He was elected to present an installation at The Philadelphia International Airport Art program in 2014. Currently, he is the recipient of a Peter Benoliel Fellowship from CFEVA in Philadelphia, PA. Henry Bermudez currently teaches art at the Career Academy Developing Institute (CADI) and at Fleisher Art Memorial. He is co-director of House Gallery 1816 in Fishtown and maintains an active studio and exhibition schedule.
Curated by Jorge Gutierrez, this exhibition was originally conceived by Ms. Kelicia Pitts, former Gallery and Events Manager at Delaware College of Art and Design.