Creative Global Network for the Visual Arts

There are three artists showing this summer at Antenna, a gallery ran by Miguel Cortez of Polvo fame. The first and most immediatey recognizable in the space is Saul Aguirre, whose immaculately framed drawings occupy two large walls in grids; the second is Yarima Ariza, who has come out of the Floridian woodwork with new fiber works; and the last is the nearly invisible, did-realize-she-was-even-in-the-show-until-I-went-online, Adriana Baltazar, whose work I’m pretty sure I saw but I can’t be sure what I think I saw was actually hers or not so I’m sorry, Adriana, I fucked up.

Saul Aguirre’s work was extraordinarily contradictory and left me wondering if there was some point of access that I was missing out on due to a gap in culture, language, or personal familiarity. His works in this show were rather simple drawings of United States currency that had, through replacement of words and images and the occassional inclusion of pot leaf motifs, been converted into something more south of the border, political, and painful - dólares have become dolores, the tender is Illegal, and the dead presidents have been replaced with foreign portraits.......

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