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Blue Balls in Miami

“Blue Balls” by Christian Duran, Frank Garaitonandia, Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Yamel Molerio and Robert Perez.

MIAMI (09/21/03) – The Max Gallery announced today the first opening exhibition and party, “Blue Balls”, a group work by Christian Duran, Frank Garaitonandia, Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Yamel Molerio and Robert Perez. The exhibition will open on Saturday September 27th, 2003 and run through November 22th, 2003. An opening reception and party will be held on Saturday September 27th, 2003 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The gallery is located at 7846 Northwest 57th Street, in the Doral District. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. All other viewings may be arranged by appointment.

BLUE BALLS unites these five artists who share a conscious and unconscious similitude for using their own gender as a tool from which to draw. They each explore, in their own way, interrelated themes of gender identity, stereotypes, gender roles and icons. In essence, these artists explore their own identity as it relates to their sex, experiences and affinities in a politically correct world.

CHRISTIAN DURAN and ROBERT PEREZ are two Miami artists that have come together to create a series of photographs and video entitled “Peek-A-Boo”. These works recall experiences from their secretive boyhoods, namely the exploration of sexual curiosities and voyeurism in the all-to-familiar peep show of “scrambled porn”.

FRANK GARAITONANDIA explores fragmentation and decay. Using sensual materials with repulsive undertones, Frank’s images of decay, bodily fluids and the fading wear of time both attract and repel the viewer.

PABLO GONZALEZ-TREJO revisits his past experiences as metaphorical icons that changes with time through his unfixed charcoal drawings on canvas. He explains that “if what we are is based on the experiences we have lived, and the memories of these experiences mutate with time, then we are no more than just a metaphor of ourselves.”

YAMEL MOLERIO is dealing with being an immigrant or “alien” living in the United States and its effects on his culture. He records everyday words, phrases and slang used by Cubans and those of Cuban descent. In his installation he merges American and Cuban words and phrases that have been thrown into his literal blend of writings and pictures.

The MaX Gallery is a new alternative art space showcasing contemporary art. For more information call (305) 994-7909 or visit www.miamiartx.com.

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