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Honoring Latin American artists in LIC

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One of Long Island City’s newest art spaces, the Diego Salazar Gallery, is honoring local Latin American artists in its second exhibit, Vision & Emotion: Latin American Art Salon.

Gallery owner Diego Salazar, who is from Colombia, is showcasing both emerging and established artists from New York City.

To emphasize the ethnic background of the artists, Salazar chose to open the month-long show on September 20 to tie it into National Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 15 to October 15.

Among Salazar’s many favorites, he cited Colombian sculptor Adolfo Caldas.“The composition of color in his sculptures is really gorgeous,” he said.

Other artists in the exhibit include German Baron, Orestes Gonzalez, Rafael O. Gonzalez, Christian Brandner, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Ragner Lagerblad, Sandra Llano-Mejia, Oscar Maxera, Luis Monje, Dulcy Molina, Pietrapiana, Jorge Posada and Carlos Yanguas.

In addition to having a shared heritage, about half the artists in the exhibit work in Long Island City.

A few of those artists rent space in the same building that houses the Diego Salazar Gallery.

After selling antique frames for 47 years, Salazar decided to open the 44th Avenue gallery this May. He moved the frame business to another building he owns, and put the gallery in its place.

Its opening exhibit was comprised of 30 artists who rent studios in Salazar’s gallery.
The Latin American show features 14 artists who live throughout the city, but hail from countries such as Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Along with the gallery’s owner and the artists, the show’s curator also comes from Latin America.

The Colombian Edelmira Ruiz has spent the last 30 years working as an art dealer, and also owned a gallery for a few years in the 1980s.

Though she hasn’t curated a show in about a decade, it isn’t the first one that she’s done.

“I chose the quality of the pieces, not of the artist,” said Ruiz, explaining how she went about putting together the exhibit.

“I was amazed by the art techniques,” she continued.

Ruiz, who lives in Woodside, said that she hopes the show brings more exposure to the artists and helps the local art scene evolve at a faster pace.


Piece by Piece, Frame by Frame; Jorge Posada explores the outside

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Our view of art tends to be restricted to the work residing within the frame. The artist decides to start or stop at a certain point, and the audience must find meaning somewhere within that – and that alone.

This is the conventional way in which the world views art. But of course, artists will view art in their own way. With the gears in their brain turning, many artists see beyond the frame and into a reality that dwells somewhere on the fine line between abstraction and figurativism.

Jorge Posada is a painter, sculptor, printmaker and photographer working out of a studio in LIC since 1997. The Columbian native first came to the U.S. in 1984 and was merely passing through New York on his way to Paris. But there was something about the city that hooked him almost immediately. He found a kinship with the artist community and a base to create his art.

“I found friends here who were all from the art world. These were friends I didn’t even know I had. And all of a sudden, I got the idea to stay here,” said Posada, who initially lived in Woodside, but now lives in Hell’s Kitchen. “Everything you need to learn about the art world, you can learn in New York. The support system here is the reason to stay.”

Deciding to stay in New York, and work in LIC, has given Posada a front row view of the many changes that have swept the western Queens landscape. The biggest change he’s seen is in the demographics of the area, as LIC’s population has gone from warehouse workers hauling cement to young parents pushing baby strollers.

Some of his favorite places have disappeared, with new high rises sprouting up in their place. He’s not sure if it’s for better or worse yet, but he believes the old and the new can coexist in harmony.

“I don’t want the character of the area to get lost,” he said. “The new buildings should coexist with the industrial area and the neighborhood houses.”

The old mingling with the new – this is a subject very prevalent in Posada’s life. His current focus, a project he dubbed “Fragmenting Rubens,” takes the work of artist Peter Paul Rubens and goes beyond the frame. Here, Posada delves deeply into an invisible world rich with potential. In order to achieve this, the artist needed to see the original work firsthand.

Posada made his first visit to Antwerp, Belgium in 2004. Its cathedral hosts two masterpieces by Rubens, which are shown at both sides of the altar: The Raising and the Decent from the Cross. Since that first visit, Posada has been extensively sketching those two altarpieces. He felt transported by the uniqueness of the work and was moved to create work on his own.

After many hours of observation and study of Rubens’ work, he made numerous sketches in order to understand the structure, the composition and the drama contained in their pictorial space. Then he decided to launch himself into a very challenging project: to give his own interpretation and deconstruction of those paintings.

The pieces are both abstract and figurative, as the image of the human body contorts around the light and the dark with colors surrounding, bringing life and movement to the work.

“The body is a communication device. It is able to express feelings of happiness, sadness, depression and joy. It is full of movements and expression. It is alive and it dances,” he said. “This body is the only one we will have our entire life. When the body is violated in any way, it is an invasion of the only sacred possession we have.”

Posada’s sacred body of work, while highly involved, does not necessarily adhere to a strict schedule. He never follows any set schedule to be creative – he finds that impossible. He arrives in his LIC studio around 10 a.m., gets comfortable and basically just “hangs out” with the work until something strikes him – though sometimes he has to leave the studio in order to coax that strike.

“I always carry a sketchbook, and if I have an idea or a burst of inspiration, I throw it down in a fast and simple way,” he said. “An artist’s job is not just to paint. One must understand the continuous process of painting. The point isn’t to know when the painting is finished … the point is to stop.”

Posada said that if he doesn’t stop himself, he could potentially paint the same piece forever.

“That is so dangerous,” he said. “You can work on one piece so much that you end up hating it. If I’m having trouble with a piece, I leave it alone. I cover it for two or three weeks and then I go back and look at it with fresh eyes. Sometimes that is when I know a piece is truly finished.”

Considering himself a draftsman at heart, Posada relishes the opportunity to fill his sketchbook with ideas and musings, regardless if the sketches ever actually pan out into anything usable. That is of small consequence to Posada – he will paint and he will create because it is his life.

“I disconnect from everything when I create,” he said. “Art is very vital to me. It is like breathing. It moves me to clarify what I want to say. And it is necessary to explain myself and find ways to do it.”

Any art reviewer on the receiving end of one of Posada’s “explanations” need not see eye to eye with the artist. As he doesn’t always like every corner of other works, he doesn’t expect every audience to grab hold and be inspired by what he presents to them.

“You can’t make people feel something, but the hope is that they find some kind of connection in the frame of my feelings,” he said. “Maybe they don’t feel what I felt, maybe they feel something else. That’s ok. I want them to feel something, but first I want them to question.”

Ever-evolving, Posada is constantly on the search for new ways to approach art and life. And in order to do that, to move beyond the frame, he believes questioning the self is the only way.

“To question the self is what is most important,” he said. “When you question, you are evolving.”

Check out Posada’s work at www.posadastudiogallery.blogspot.com.


Posada Announces Retirement, Says He Will “Forever Be A Yankee”

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Posada Announces Retirement, Says He Will “Forever Be A Yankee”

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada officially announced his retirement from the game today at Yankee Stadium. During an at-times tearful press conference, the 40-year-old catcher said he is leaving the game after 17 seasons, all with the team that drafted him. He said the decision was completely his, and that he made his choice shortly after last season. “I was able to live my dream, to play baseball for the best sports franchise in the world, the New York Yankees,” said Posada. Read More: NY1


Family of slain designer Sylvie Cachay wants ‘every penny’ Nick Brooks has

The family of slain swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay is going after “every penny” that may come the way of her accused killer – the son of creepy “You Light Up My Life” tunesmith Joseph Brooks. “We will take all steps to find any penny that he has, and every royalty that he has,” Susan Karten, a civil lawyer for the Cachay family, said after a brief appearance by Nicholas Brooks in Manhattan Criminal Court. The 25-year-old Manhattan man is charged with killing his stunning 33-year-old girlfriend inside a tub at the sleek Soho House in December 2010 – then going to a party. Read More: New York Post


Online video captures moment cops shoot, kill man outside Carl’s Jr. in California [Warning: Graphic Video Inside]

Graphic video posted online captured the shocking moment cops shot and killed a man outside a fast food joint in California Monday morning. Police were called to the Carl’s Jr. in Monterey Park around 9:30 a.m. after receiving a report that the unidentified man was breaking windows at the restaurant, according to KTLA 5 News. When he emerged from the fast food place, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release they ordered him to drop what they described as a three-foot metal bar. Read More & See the Video: Daily News


Bloomberg Calls For “Sensible” Pension Reforms At Albany Hearing

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Albany today testifying on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget and Reform plan. In his prepared remarks before the State Senate Finance Committee and the State Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee, the mayor gave his support to several points of the plan, including pension and teacher evaluation reforms. The governor’s $132.5 billion budget calls for the creation of a new Tier VI pension, which would offer new hires a 401k-type, market-based retirement plan. However, they would also have the choice of taking a reduced benefit pension plan that raises the retirement age from 62 to 65. Read More: NY1


Veteran NYPD detective admits robbing cigarette smugglers

A crooked, second-generation cop pleaded guilty this morning to brazenly ripping off cigarette smugglers while wearing his NYPD “raid” jacket and armed with his service weapon. Shame-faced Kyron Collins, 39, then capped off his court appearance by running away from a photographer and leaving his lawyer in the dust. Collins, a 16-year police veteran who most recently was a detective in the 52nd Precinct, was busted last year in a 10-month string of robberies of bootleg cigarette dealers in Manhattan and The Bronx. Read More: New York Post


NYPD officer pleads guilty to false arrest

A NYPD officer admitted today that he falsified charges to arrest a black Staten Island man after the two exchanged angry words during a street encounter while he was on plainclothes patrol. Michael Daragjati, an eight-year veteran, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to misusing his authority as a police officer to intentionally violate the man’s civil rights. As part of a plea agreement with Brooklyn federal prosecutors, the 32-year-old officer will resign from the NYPD after his sentencing and never seek another job in law enforcement, his attorney told Judge William Kuntz II. Read More: New York Post

Teen arrested in Bronx boy’s shooting

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Teen arrested in Bronx boy’s shooting

A teen was arrested for the shooting of an 11-year-old Bronx boy, police said. Kijana Jenkins, 17, was arrested today and is awaiting arraignment, authorities said. Jenkins and an unidentified cohort fired the shots in the closed door of the Creston Avenue apartment around 11 p.m. Thursday, cops said. The gunfire struck Ryan Aguirre, 11, in the stomach. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition. “I heard his father screaming, ‘You shot him,’ ” one of the family’s neighbors said. Ryan went to the door because his father was asleep on the couch, neighbors said. Read More: New York Post


Jorge Posada, Yankees catcher, set to retire, will make formal announcement in coming weeks 

Former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada, a key cog in four World Series winning teams, has decided to retire, according to two baseball sources with knowledge of his plans. The 40-year-old Posada, who .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBI last season as he transitioned to a role as a designated hitter and bench player for the Yanks, will make a formal announcement of his plans in the next few weeks, according to one of the sources. The news of Posada’s retirement was first reported by WFAN. Read More: Daily News


Community Members To Donate Services For Brooklyn Girl Found Dead In Mother’s Arms

The sadness was palpable in Bedford-Stuyvesant Friday night as residents visited a makeshift memorial to pay their respects to the little 2-year-old girl found dying in her mother’s arms. “My heart goes out to the family because I’m a mother also. It’s hard, very hard,” said one resident. “May her soul rest in peace,” said another. The news also stunned some business owners and community leaders. “I lost a young one earlier and to hear this—you know, there are so many people out there who want children, and to hear of a young child being lost, it just breaks your heart, and you want to do as much as you can for the family, whatever the story is,” said Andrew Sorrentino. Read More: NY1


Public Advocate Calls For Ban On Food Stamp Fingerprinting

Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t the only elected official opposed to fingerprinting food stamp recipients. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is joining a list of opponents who want the practice banned. De Blasio calls fingerprinting the less fortunate “inhumane.” He said if Mayor Michael Bloomberg does his research, he’ll see the policy doesn’t work. Read More: NY1


Dual debates a chance to throw Romney off stride

Republican rivals for the presidential nomination have a chance to knock front-runner Mitt Romney, who has a commanding lead in New Hampshire polls, off his perch in back-to-back weekend debates that could help define the contest. In a race largely driven by 13 previous sparring matches, Romney has emerged mostly unscathed by the six or seven opponents who have flanked his debate position on center stage. That could change with Saturday night’s debate or the one scheduled Sunday morning, as rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum seek to stop Romney’s march to the GOP nomination. In particular, Gingrich is looking to keep his candidacy afloat while Santorum hopes to capitalize on his neck-and-neck performance against Romney in Iowa’s caucuses. Read More: New York Post