Juan Antonio Gonzalez, better known as "Erman" (Cuba, 1956), is a mixed-media artist whose theme driven, series-based works are rooted in migration. Using utilitarian methods like woodwork, sewing, cut paper, drawing, and ceramics, Erman creates original components for 2D and 3D collage, assemblage, and installations long thought to echo and materialize remembrance, to converse about exile, displacement, up-rootedness, and trans culture, with sub-contexts of family, gender, and Afro-Caribbean folklore, from a Cuban-American vernacular. This dialogue is achieved with a very personal iconography: empty chairs and cups, ladders reaching heights and depths, wearer-less shoes, floating windows, the bifurcated but not barren landscape presented in a sub-reality where familial issues of home and homelands are questioned, challenged, and when successful, resolved. He has been the guest lecturer at Edna Manley College in Jamaica, the National Gallery of the Bahamas, FIT in New York, Colorado State University and Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and most recently at Broward College in Davie, Florida in conjunction with his solo, traveling exhibition Cortando, Cosiendo y Recordando, a cataloged survey of works curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace. He has also taught art practices to children and adults living with disabilities and is known as a designer of wedding gowns and fine garments for all occasions.
Erman's works form part of many collections including the Miami Art Museum, Miami-Dade Public Library, Craig Robbin's, and Instituto Sacatar in Brazil where he was awarded an International Fellowship in 2006, culminating in a solo exhibition at ACBEU Gallery. He has just been awarded a grant from Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, and is presently engaged in a new series titled I Am That, I Am where using original stencils and drawing, he is experimenting with multiples, repetition and layering while analyzing names, adjectives and phraseology used by others when describing him.
(Photographs by Deborah Gray Mitchell.)
All salons are $10 payable at the door and meet in the Armory Library. Come join in the lively discussions!
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Armory Art Center Library
$10 payable at the door