PUTO Art Show

By Olivié Ponce

This new body of work relies on repurposing discarded and quotidian decorative materials adding elements of glamour to the harsh and loosening connection to the everyday. It also employs colloquial language in order to create a dialogue about cultural identities.
I create these pieces by collecting discarded wallpapers, sheet rock, styrofoam insulation, to name a few, with the objective to repurpose them; then, by using several techniques, I add “bad” words that have several meanings. For instance the word “Puto”, a term that shifts in meaning depending on the context, can translate to “womanizer”, “fagot” or as a expression of anger. “Bruja”(witch in English) usually is used to attack women who confront patriarchy, however women have lately been appropriating it to empower themselves.
As a master in techniques I love to contrast the finish and the words in order to redefine meanings and to share emotions with the viewer.

On View through Bushwick Open Studios, September 24, 2017.

Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm. During weekdays we have studio visits by appointment - contact me!

10 Cypress Ave. (Corner w/ Jefferson St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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