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Climate change in the work of artist Lionel Cruet

A series of six limited-edition large-format experimental photographic prints of the puerto rican artist Lionel Cruettalong with a video, are part of the new exhibition “As Far as the Eyes Can See” (“As far as the eyes can see”), which will be presented in Saint Patrick Art Center (SPACE) from Saturday, March 12, from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm

According to the director of the gallery, Manuel Vázquez, the artist raises the general idea about how the oceans represented are divided into a single large body of water susceptible to the impact caused by humanity.

“The images presented by the artist impose a marked difference to the traditional reference with which I link the ocean and displace the blue for shades of bright colors such as red, orange and yellow. These pieces are a clear reference to the current situation of rising water temperatures, a documented phenomenon that is increasingly present through research and scientific data,” the gallery owner explains in a statement.

While, the artist explains that the origin of this series comes from recent work with the collection and analysis of data and visualizations on the increase in ocean temperature. In addition, it indicates that it intends to arouse the viewer’s interest and develop awareness of this issue as something urgent and alarming that transcends geographical and political areas.

Lionel Cruet’s works have been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Contemporary Art Center of Quito, Ecuador; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, among other art spaces. (Supplied)

“Each of the pieces is made up of layers of aerial images of different oceans of the world that have historically been understood in four regions: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic. This conception has come to be redefined to be conceived as a single body of water that is being threatened by pollution and global warming, as a consequence of climate change”, adds the artist, who represents some effects in his work with catastrophic events, such as devastating hurricanes. , erosion and extinction of species. And it is precisely under this new conception that he shows this photographic series.

The exhibition will run until April 23, 2022. SPACE hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 6:30 pm at Galería San Patricio, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

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