Frames and Stretchers has been enjoying the pleasure of stretching and framing a number of works by artists who are represented by Bryant Toth Fine Art, a Manhattan gallery specializing in Cuban art. Among the recent works is this dream-like composition by painter Jesus Nodarse, featuring a mysterious interaction between a woman and jester.
Stascia in the studio with Jesus Nodarse's stretched painting
This work is typically representative of the artist’s oeuvre. His paintings are populated by female figures who are often naked, and numerous characters such as fishermen or mythological creatures like the Minotaur or mermaids. In describing his work Nodarse says, “As a Cuban painter, I'm inspired by the real woman, the woman that suffers and is happy at the same time. The woman that fights during the day and is a peacemaker during the night.” * He describes the women and the characters around them as coming from both his reality and his fantasy life.
Detail of the work we stretched and another of Nodarse's paintings (image courtesy of Bryant Toth Fine Art)
Nodarse is a native of Sagua la Grande and lives and works in Old Havana. He studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts, San Alejandro and graduated in 1996. After graduating he became a professor at the National Academy. He has exhibited in Chicago, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, and Beirut where he spent two years working full time for a gallery in Lebanon. He is fortunate to be supported by renowned Cuban Art collectors in places like Tennessee, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Dallas.
Jesus Nodarse at work in his studio in Cuba (photo credit, Juventude Rebelde)
Frames and Stretchers has an ongoing relationship with Bryant Toth and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to experience the work of many artists who might otherwise remain isolated in their country. Toth has a real passion for Cuba and it’s culture stemming from his first visit to the country. He explains, “The nation’s isolation from many of its neighbors has fueled Cubans’ need for developing a strong self-identity.” *
Check back here to see more work from Toth’s line up of exceptional talent.
Manuel Moran is a major force in puppet theater and the Latino art community and we’re fortunate to share with him an affiliation with the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center here on the Lower East Side. He recently brought us a great framing project. Moran’s latest film is a documentary called “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” about the origins of puppet theater in the Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It provides a unique insight into the work of many prominent pioneers and puppet companies from the two countries. We framed his poster for the movie with our usual high-standard museum board and glass along with black hardwood moldings.
The framed poster for Titeres en el Hispano
A native of Puerto Rico, Moran is an actor, director, producer and puppeteer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. with offices in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. SEA is the first Puerto Rican organization dedicated to the arts in education with simultaneous operations in Puerto Rico and the United States. Its objective is to offer a real entertainment alternative, with cultural value and educational quality for kids, youth and adults through bilingual educational programs like workshops, seminars, theater and other cultural and artistic events. Moran is the recipient of numerous awards and his positions and affiliations include being the Vice-President of UNIMA (Union Internacionale de la Marionnette), the oldest international theater organization in the world and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clemente. He lives and divides his time between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Puppeteer, actor and director Manuel Moran
BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest is a month long, city-wide festival of Puerto Rican artists working in film, theatre, poetry, dance, music and the visual arts in New York City. “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” had its US debut at Teatro SEA during the BORIMIX festival here at the Clemente last November. We look forward to working more with this super talented man!
Poster for the film from its premier
Two of the prints we framed for A2IM
The 2017 A2IM Indie Week independent music conference is being held this week at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center and Frames and Stretchers is proud to have framed several works being exhibited as part of the event. A2IM Indie Week 2017 is an international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of Independent music. 2017’s Indie Week is the largest to date, and includes interactive panels, workshops, keynote speeches by Independent music luminaries, and one-on-one discussions. Miguel Trelles is a long time resident artist at the Clemente as well as a partner here at Frames and Stretchers. His work was chosen to grace the walls of the Teatro LATEA space on the second floor where the “One-on–One” networking sessions are taking place during the conference.
Trelles's work installed in the One-on-One room at the conference
Miguel Trelles is a painter/printmaker with a Latin American sensibility that incorporates a passion for his Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, a fascination with pre-Columbian cultures and a keen awareness of Latin American and Latino history. Trelles is known for his on-going Chino-Latino painting series, which blends a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic with references to Chinese sources and imagery. His paintings are included in several permanent collections including: Fundación Gabarrón (Spain), Deutsche Bank (New York), and the Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico). His work has been addressed in various art publications such as “Arte al Día”, “Art in America”, “Art Nexus” and “YISHU: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art”.
Miguel Trelles in his studio at the Clemente
If you find yourself on the Lower East Side please come visit Miguel Trelles studio and Frames and Stretchers and see Miguel’s work for yourself!