When I received the invitation for this show, with its large picture of a grasshopper with a funny face, I thought it might be simply an amusing diversion. The show is something else though, among other things it shows a difference in culture.
Juan Alavez does seem to be obsessed with insects, particularly grasshoppers. The pieces consist solely of their representation. But he hasn’t simply drawn them, in many cases he has made sculptural constructions and applied them over the canvas. In mostly reds and browns, they protrude from the canvas; they cover a few pillars he has placed in the center of the room. They dominate the small gallery.
On this side of the Rio Grande, we consider grasshoppers to be a nuisance and we are aware they can be extremely destructive. Alavez is from Oaxaca, where he studied art at the Rufino Tamayo
Academy of Arts. In Oaxaca, grasshoppers have long held symbolic meaning. They are eaten and also have a mystical symbolism. From pre-hispanic drawings one finds religious paintings of the grasshopper. It is this symbolism, this long history to which Alavez wants to pay homage. This he does quite well, and it points up the interesting cultural differences from which we draw upon to create art. -David Sokolec
ALAVEZ INSECTOS. Centro Municipal de las Arte. Juarez

Cuando recibi este invitacion para este exposicion con una larga representacion del una chapulin con una rostro divertida, pense que es exposicion estara solamente una diversion. Este exposicion es mas interesante que una diversion pequeno, y ademas, es una exemple de una differencia en cultura.
Juan Alavez parece estar obsede por insectos, en particular los chapulins. Los obras consiste uniquamente de sus representation. Pero no es simplemente una dibujo; en muchos casos hacia constructiones esculptural y applicadolos sobre la lona. En colores del marron y roja, los chapulins protrude del la cuadro.; Los chapulins cobre los pilars que Alavez ha consruido y ponia en el centro de la sala. El domine la pequena galeria.
En el norte del la Rio Bravo, consideremos los chapulins nada mas que fastidio y muy destructiva. Alavez es de Oaxaca a donde estudie arte en la Academia del Arte Rufino Tamayo.
En Oaxaca, los chapulins, muy abondante en este parte del pais, tienen una symbolism muy anciano y muy importante para alimentar o para mistico. De la era pre-Hispanico puede discubre dibujos mistico y religioso del chapulins. Es este symbolism, este importancia para la cultura que Alavez quiere pagar homenaje. Es que lo hace muy bien y par nosotros en el norte de la rio muestra los differencias cultural que puedo usar para crear nuestro arte.-David Sokolec
ALAVEZ INSECTOS. Centro Municipal de las Artes. Juarez-


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