Made & Unmade

Featuring work by Manuel Acevedo

Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud

Exhibition Dates: March 12 – April 30, 2011

Cuchifritos is proud to present Made and Unmade, a solo exhibition that presents the conceptual strategies and stylistic tendencies of visual artist, Manuel Acevedo through three bodies of work: the Alpha-Bits series, Glory wall drawing, Renau’s Room and Soldier’s Playground. The selection of work deploys covert and overt military language through encoded forms in hybrid typography, animation stills, and small labyrinth structures. Inspired by the late Spanish political artist Josef Renau, Oxford’s Military Dictionary of Terms, and early 1980’s era graffiti ciphers, the artist examines how histories can be made and unmade, presented as facts or fiction, and sanctioned by those who invent them in oral, written, and visual forms.

Manuel Acevedo is a recipient of the 2009 Visual Artists Network, New Orleans, LA., Artist in Residence for the project Camera Communis: Knoxville, TN, 2007 Center for Book Arts, NYC, A.I.R Workspace Program, 2007 Visiting Artist at New York University & 2006 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Residency Program. His numerous prestigious awards include the 2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant & the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Foundation’s Artist as Catalysts Award for the Albizu Project with the Jersey City Museum. Other awards include: 2002 New Jersey State Council on the Arts for works on paper, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD, 1999 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-in-Residence, 1990 The Bronx museum, Artist in the Market Place & the 1989-91 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Career Advancement for the Visual Artists Program.

Omar Lopez-Chahoud received MFAs from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, CT and from the Royal Academy of Art in London. Curatorial projects include “Intransit,” Moti Hasson Gallery, NY, “Never Never Land,” University Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tampa, FL; “Crossing the Line” Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, among numerous others galleries and alternative spaces. He has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists’ Space; Art in General; P.S.1, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Installation View: Made & Unmade. Courtesy the artist and Cuchifritos gallery and project space. Photo. Gail Quagliata