"Life Streams" explores the work, movies, sculptures, and installations of Alberto Rey, an artist whose paintings addresses problems with identification, cultural variety, environmental experiences, and worldwide sustainability. As a Cuban-born artist residing in western ny kingdom, Rey s present paintings emphasizes his involvement together with his group and its neighborhood panorama, specially its trout streams and their surrounding setting. via Rey s travels from his domestic within the upstate manhattan village of Fredonia to the Caribbean, Latin the US, Europe, and to nearly each nation within the usa, he has won an realizing of individuals, locations, flowers, and fauna.
This ebook offers biographical information regarding Rey and a contextual examine of his paintings. The members have written approximately Rey s paintings from views according to cultural experiences, id stories, literary stories, and philosophical reports. curiosity in his Cuban and American identities are associated with his curiosity in international tradition and his contemporary research of fish species and environmental concerns. As such, this booklet displays present methods that attention cognizance on hooked up cultural matters and modern matters in regards to the setting, conservation, recovery, and maintenance. Rey s paintings presents a brand new standpoint on those subject matters as he combines artwork with activism on a neighborhood, nearby, nationwide, and foreign level."
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The new deaths in Rey’s kin and his worry for his wife’s overall healthiness sensitized him to the necessity we need to confront our private fears in addition to to increase compassion to others who additionally endure. What had turn into an exploration of an exterior international in Trout Encounters turned internalized right into a passage for soaking up sorrow and dealing with loss. Rey’s work of trout had consistently been a metaphor for all times rendered into pictures that have been meant to alert us to studies except our personal and to provide us a conception of the area from one other place. within the Aesthetics of loss of life, Rey accelerated his meditations of sympathy for one more existence shape right into a medium meant to relieve sorrow. Rey accomplishes this by way of minutely taking pictures the colours of putrefaction, the feel of desiccation, the stillness that ensues while volition and stream finish. all through his profession, Rey had became to his paintings to precise the occasions and feelings of his lifestyles, and within the aftermath of those occasions, he grew to become to his paintings to mourn and to handle the impression that ailment and dying had on his lifestyles. In so doing, Rey touched on concerns which are common, as he explored his own grief as a window into the human event of switch, loss, and passing. now not eager about particular problems with own id or perhaps particular geographic locations or organic organisms, Rey became his realization to what binds all types of lifestyles as he explored demise in all of its elements, from the cessation of existence in a physique to its decay and its eventual dissolution and reabsorption into the order of items. hence, materiality and spirituality are inextricably joined in Rey’s The Aesthetics of dying, during which Rey holds up the reality of loss of life and rot in order that spectators can see that each ordinary procedure during this global is imbued with an inherent good looks, a reminder of the transcendence of lifestyles that allows the fabric to hook up with the non secular. Rey’s fish are a connector to his unshakeable trust that there's anything more than us and anything past the now, and that basically via demise do we understand the top of items and the reality of lifestyles. via his visible and aesthetic meditation almost about demise that's the starting place of The Aesthetics of demise, Rey brings us nose to nose with the ultimate query of what occurs after the dying that no residing organism can get away. Rey doesn't try to resolution that question; he easily holds up the truth of demise and its aftermath, leaving the spectator to attract that means from what he so painstakingly areas sooner than us. Rey’s occupation as an artist has been grounded from the start in his skill to think about himself as an instance of many. whereas he makes use of his person existence to deal with the problems which are vital to him, he has constantly assumed that he's now not on my own in his investigations and that others also are at the related trip. For Rey, artwork is a way of debate within which he speaks with a group of spectators in a truly intimate means approximately issues which are vitally important to him and to them.