By MELISSA T. CASTRO
They say that “art is in the eye of the beholder.”
This more often than not rings true when you find yourself in some obscure gallery trying to comprehend how something can be called art when it resembles your three-year-old’s scribble masterpiece.
But it is art that allows a medium for free thinking, for political and cultural expression.
“La Tercera Raíz Afroamerica” (“The Third African-American Root”) is one such exhibit.
Featuring a selection of works by Mexican artists and sculptors, such as Froylan Ruíz, Guillermo Tellez Brun and Susana Campos, this exhibit aims to make the observer question the meaning of national identity and political experience.
A sketch of a woman by painter Elizabeth Catlett, with deep expressive eyes and a somber face, makes you appreciate her beauty while also wondering what story she has to tell, what darkness her eyes are concealing.
A painting by Mario Orozco Rivera, depicting a disproportionate woman in a red hat, is almost grotesque and yet the viewer can’t be helped but be entranced by her, noting how her features are a cacophony of different cultures and ethnicities, how she represents the symbol of “feminism” in a world where she is objectified.
And a ceramic sculpture by Silvia Tinoco, portrays servitude and defiance in the posturing of the arms and the way the head is held high. It almost makes the observer consider the possibility of this nameless entity existing today in the flesh, leading a resistance movement somewhere.
You can catch this exhibit at the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana in Colonia Roma, where it is on display until Sunday, August 5. Admission to the gallery is free of charge.