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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 19 - December 2, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

The Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
presents:
Re-View:
Prints (& some originals) of Hector Silva’s art


Image by Hector Silva

Opening Reception: Thurs, Oct 19, 2006, 7 - 10 PM, Free

Fast-rising artist Hector Silva explores themes of Mexican / Chicano cultural identities, queer eroticism and beauty. He is a virtuoso realist and a master of light and shadow captured on paper with pencil.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

I explore themes of cultural identity, because as Latinos, we are often erased from the social portrait. And then when you add being queer to that, we can really disappear. But I also think that the “positive image” strategy can be a trap, and as an artist, I feel responsible for showing art that is not only beautiful, but truthful.

I want my work to be accessible, always giving the viewer a way into the image. I feel that “high art” often excludes people, and I am strongly against that. I think art should invite people in, and engage them in a conversation, esthetic, political, philosophical, erotic, whatever.

When I make art, my intended audience is not only the person that attends museums and galleries. I feel very strongly that art belongs in the streets. Putting art in the streets has been part of Latino culture for a long time, and we see it all the time, from murals to graffiti. I consider myself part of that tradition. I think art belongs in the street, and on the street is a lot of art.

The Lily Tomlin Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
Advocate & Gochis Galleries
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 6 - 10 PM, Saturday 9 AM -5 PM

1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA, 90038 · Map · 323.860.7337

Hector Silva Website

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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland