‘Albano Afonso: Self-Portrait as Light’

Brazilian artist Albano Afonso’s work is a crowd pleaser. His world is not quite naturalistic; while recognizable, there’s a heightened sense to his realism. 21c’s museum director Alice Gray Stites and Steven Matijcio, curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, organized his exhibition “Self-Portrait in Light.” “The enchanted land and light-scapes Albano Afonso conjures in his multi-dimensional art belong to the realm of the daydream,” Stites states, “consciously conceived, shaped by imagination, suspended in fantasy and experienced in lived reality at once. Duality is a hallmark of Afonso’s poetic practice.” 21c always knows how to engage viewers. Its exhibitions, featuring art that draws you in or pushes you away (there seems to be little middle ground), certainly make us think.

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‘Albano Afonso: Self-Portrait as Light’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

 

 

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