BY Led Black (@Led_Black)
At the end of the day, art is nothing if it doesn’t inspire conversation and reflection. That, ladies and gentleman, is exactly what occurred yesterday at M. Tony Peralta’s Complejo exhibit held at the NoMAA Gallery. I took part in and overheard plenty of folks sharing their own personal stories of dealing with the absurd but very real “complejos” that are part of the collective experience of Latinos. The striking and deceptively simple images put together by Peralta were the catalysts for lively discussion during and after the show.
The exhibit was wonderfully curated by the Sound of Art, which made wise use of the entire NoMAA space to tell a storyline in parts. Each room built and added on to what came before. It seems that everyone in attendance took time to consume and digest each every piece and had their particular favorite that spoke to them.
The exhibit did a masterful job of showcasing relatable art. Art that stirs the soul, art that feels like you are a part of it, art that speaks to your individual narrative while simultaneously telling the story of multitudes.
You have until August 25th to take in this remarkable exhibit. Support the arts and artists in your community. Remember the motto, “Spread love it’s the Uptown way.”
Shout out to Tahiry, Juan Bago, Frank Nibbs and Eileen Z. Fuentes for their Instagram pics.