Vision & Emotion, a Latin American group art show in LIC

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Last night we were at the well-attended opening reception of Vision & Emotion, a Latin American group show at Diego Salazar Art Gallery (GMAP), a stimulating new space where the works will be on display until October 20.

In April, Diego Salazar moved his antique frame business out of 21-25 44th Avenue in order to turn the space into a gallery. This month, coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, the gallery is showing work from 14 artists of Latin American origin. The list of established and emerging artists includes Queens-based creators such as Shaun El C. Leonardo and Rafael O. Gonzalez.

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An excited crowd took in the art last night to the music of two-thirds of the Latin jazz trio La Voz de Tres. Delicious refreshments were provided by Pachanga Patterson, Buenos Angie’s, and other local businesses.

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Some of the visual highlights included the bodies in motion detailed in Jorge Posada‘s six-foot paintings and the blur of tango dancers in Sanda Llano-Mejia‘s digital prints; the whimsical beetles on flat wallpaper backgrounds in Ragnar Lagerblad‘s paintings and the personality-infused crowds of people in Pietrapiana‘s works; and the shine of Christian Brandner‘s gold leaf-laced paintings and Rafael O. Gonzalez‘s panoramic photos printed onto aluminum sheets.

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