Carlos Vega: See You Now
Orlando Museum of Art
By Suzanne Cohen
Spanish artist Carlos Vega is exhibiting at the Orlando Museum of Art a project that celebrates a period in Spanish history when Christianity, Judaism and Islam coexisted and flourished. Vega explores this dynamic period of intellectual exchange and spiritual tolerance in works that are both beautiful and rich with symbolic meaning. The exhibition presents sections that focus on three leading intellectual figures of medieval Spain who transcend their cultural and religious differences: Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher; Averroes, an Islamic philosopher; and Alfonso X, King of Castile, Leon and Galicia. “See You Now” is a call to consider the aspirations of this golden age of humanism and embrace them again today.
Vega explores a wide range of materials and a creative practice that combines elements of craft, sculpture and painting. Included in the exhibition are a number of his large-scale wall reliefs that are fabricated with sheets of lead. The lead is cut through, punched and etched with evocative images of figures and natural forms. Through the cut areas the viewer glimpses a second layer of painting and collage. This technique allows Vega to present layers of images that form relationships underneath and across the surface of the work. Through June 14, 2015.
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