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Date(s) - 01/29/2016
12:00 am

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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Opening Reception on January 29 at 7pm!

El Jardin de Earthly Delights Artwork

In the Sam Z Coronado Gallery:

El Jardín de Earthly Delights – Paintings by Jaime Arredondo

On a low-lying flood plain on the banks of the East River in the borough of Queens, New York City, lies what was once one of the most heavily industrialized of the city’s far-flung districts Long Island City. A monochromatic grid of low-slung, purely utilitarian buildings of no architectural significance: warehouses and hulking factories built during New York’s manufacturing heyday in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a landscape without any land to be seen: an environment almost purely urban, composed of brick, steel, glass, asphalt, and tar. It’s ugly. It may even be inhospitable to a certain kind of beauty. (It may be inhospitable to life itself, bordered as it is by Newtown Creek, which, as one of the most toxic industrial bodies of water in the United States, was declared a Superfund site in 2010.) It’s the last place in the city that one would look for owers. And yet it is here, in an abandoned, unheated factory, in view of the Queensborough bridge, that Jaime Arrendondo devoted een years of obsessive labor to the creation of a series of paintings – of orchids, tulips, crocuses, marigolds, daisies, pansies, morning glories, and roses – of such lush, vibrant color, heat, and light, and so alien to their surroundings, that one might see them as a protest or a defense against their place of origin – or as a memory of someplace else.